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Stehli, Jemima (Artist/Photographer); Burrows, David & Santacatterina, Stella (Contributors). JEMIMA STEHLI. Birmingham, United Kingdom: ARTICLE Press, 2002. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 32 pages. Fine.

Collection of female nudes. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Jemima Stehli: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and photo-performances by Jemima Stehli. Essays by David Burrows and Stella Santacatterina. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents "Jemima Stehli". Her nude self-portraits and striptease-performances. Stehli appears in most of the photographs (she is a very attractive woman), but like Vanessa Beecroft, with whom she is often compared, also uses other models. Her most famous work, "Strip" (1999/2000), is beautifully re-presented here. "Many of these compositions address the Lacanian affirmation, 'I see myself looking at myself'. In the series of photographs entitled 'Strip', she invited a group of male critics, including Adrian Searle and Matthew Collings, to pose with her. We see them sitting against colored backgrounds, illuminated by studio lights, and with the trigger of the camera in their hands. Between the critic and the camera stands the artist undressing herself, while the critic captures the event" (Stella Santacatterina). So that's who those nerdy-looking men are, eminences in the world of art, who have (to their credit) agreed to take part in photographic performances that capture Stehli's (Lacanian) "triad": The subject, the object, and the gaze. That is, during sex, all of us fantasize. Our fantasies are voyeuristic: We are looking at ourselves having sex with the person presently engaged or with someone else. In another brilliant suite, "After Helmut Newton", Stehli re-takes some of the most iconic images by Newton, a doubling effect that is literally presented as such: Both the photographer and the model are within each frame in a full-frontal portrait. Newton himself loved doubling; his most beautiful images involved mirrors and water, and their reflections. Part of his genius was to make the viewer's eyes inevitably wander from the subject to her object-reflection within the frame. Stehli is a Conceptual artist/photographer of the best kind: Her images possess a sensuous beauty, a lyrical softness around the edges, and a raw, feminine sexiness within each frame. An absolute "must-have" title for Jemima Stehli collectors. This copy is very prominently, discreetly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the page opposite the first image by Jemima Stehli. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. When you open the book, please lift the French flap, as you would a skirt: Voila! Her signature is right there. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 97 plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 1873352530. $150.00

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