Close, Chuck; Friedlander, Lee; Hine, Lewis; Oldenburg, Claes & Others; Tannenbaum, Barbara (Author). AKRON ART MUSEUM ART SINCE 1850: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COLLECTION. Akron, OH: Akron Art Museum, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 270 pages. Fine.

Retrospective Monograph. One of the most beautiful and valuable books on art and photography in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Lowie & Lowrey Los Angeles: Oversize-volume format. Orange cloth boards with titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Art by various contributors, a Who's Who of modern and contemporary art and photography. Curated with Essay by Barbara Tannenbaum, one of the most influential curators of our time, and various other leading specialist-writers such as Keith F. Davis and Luc Sante. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Akron Art Museum Since 1850: An Introduction To The Collection". An impressive and immersive artistic experience in book form. "One hundred paintings, sculptures, and photographs from the collection of the Akron Art Museum are lavishly reproduced and thoughtfully discussed. Each with a brief Essay written by a member of the Museum or one of 16 guest authors. Stresses the collection's three areas of special strength: Turn-of-the-century American painting, painting and sculpture since 1960, and twentieth-century photography. Artists include William Merritt Chase, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Philip Guston, Nancy Graves, Chuck Close, Claes Oldenburg, Lewis Hine, Lee Friedlander, Gilbert & George, Carrie Mae Weems, and Lari Pittman" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for art and photography collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, dated (shortly after publication), and inscribed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the museum curator/author: "For Martha - Thanks for your support of the museum and for being such a champion of photography and photographers. Barbara Tannenbaum Oct.10, 2001". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, Martha Schneider, is one of the most important figures of contemporary art photography. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, post-publication dated, and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 100 black-and-white and color plates. Some of the greatest American artists and photographers ever. A fine copy. . ISBN 0940665050. $100.00

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