Medici, Eduardo (Artist/Photographer) & Carrera, Arturo (Contributor). EDUARDO MEDICI: "LOS PARAISOS PERDIDOS". Buenos Aires, Argentina: Diana Lowenstein Ediciones, 2000. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 32 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographically-based art, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. None of the copies was commercially sold in the United States. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Eduardo Medici: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographically-based art by Eduardo Medici. Poem, "Ninos Medicos"/"Children That Are Doctors", by Arturo Carrera in the Spanish original and felicitous English translation. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Buenos Aires, Argentina to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Eduardo Medici: Los Paraisos Perdidos". Hauntingly beautiful, post-Surrealist photo-montages of the most cerebral kind that at the same time, somehow trigger depths of vulnerable feeling in the viewer (as they did in the artist). "Turns photography into a sharp instrument of inquiry of his own personal experience of his moment and place in history. Medici stresses the importance of balancing history and biography in his work. Helps us understand some of the central questions in Medici's work: Where do we come from? Who are we? Where do we go?" (Publisher's blurb). Unlike a figure like Christian Boltanski, who dropped painting in favor of photography early in his career, Eduardo Medici shifted from painting to photography relatively late in his (he was well into his forties). Yet like Boltanski again, he never fully abandoned his first medium and calling: "Entire canvas surfaces are pasted over with photographic portraits in both their photo-negative state and positive contact prints" (Publisher's blurb). Lost Paradise refers to Argentina herself, which will never fully recover, in Medici's eyes, from The Dirty War and the "desaparecidos". An absolute "must-have" title for Eduardo Medici collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: None of the copies was commercially sold in the United States. Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant Latin-American artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 9879466004. $50.00

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