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Morris, Mark (Subject) & Acocella, Joan (Author). MARK MORRIS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 306 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Rare Mark Morris collectible set. A fine copy of "Mark Morris" with the First Day of Issue (FDI) of "USA Dance & Ballet" Commemorative Stamp, both signed by Mark Morris. The latter was first issued by the United States Postal Service (USPS) on April 26, 1978. Critical Biography on subject. 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. Presents Mark Morris' and Joan Acocella's "Mark Morris". Still the best book-length appraisal of the artist. Once regarded as the (obligatory) "enfant terrible" of dance, Mark Morris is now widely admired and treasured as the most important American choreographer of our time. One of his still-controversial positions sums up his aesthetics and approach: That as an artist, his job is to give pleasure, not comfort. Contrary to the assertions of a figure like Bill T. Jones - and other mediocrities like him -, the role of the artist is not necessarily to confront political and social issues or to give aid and solace (except in the most extreme cases, such as the AIDS crisis) because that would mean turning the artist into an activist, and thereby make the artist and his art subservient, less, not more, relevant and necessary to our deeply troubled times. Mark Morris' dances give pure pleasure to anyone open and willing to respond to the audacity and beauty of his work. One of his achievements is that the wit, visceral appeal, and intellectual reach of his dances are a refreshing antidote to (and the exact opposite of) Martha Graham's solemn (but truly great) work. Morris also pays reverent homage to the entire history of music and dance, and his creations for the classically-trained Mikhail Baryshnikov remain some of the greatest dances of the 20th century. Written in 1993 by the resident dance critic of The New Yorker Magazine, Acocella's account (Morris still requires every new dancer of his company to read the book) is indispensable. Her meticulous scholarship, formidable knowledge, and profound critical response to dance in general and Mark Morris in particular remain unsurpassed. Indeed, Morris waited 26 years to write his own, "fill-in-the-blanks" memoir, "Out Loud" (2019), an irreverent update on his life and new work. An absolute "must-have" title for Mark Morris and Joan Acocella collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page (his preferred page) by Mark Morris. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of First Day of Issue (FDI) of "USA Dance & Ballet" Commemorative Stamp, first issued by the United States Postal Service (USPS) on April 26, 1978, also very prominently and beautifully signed in blue ink-pen by Mark Morris. This title is a classic. As far as we know, this is only such signed set of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing and FDI Commemorative Stamp available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed set thus. Lavishly illustrated with vintage plates. The greatest American choreographer of our time. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARK MORRIS AND JOAN ACOCELLA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374202958. $150.00

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