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Warhol Andy; Platen, Angelika (Photographer); Engelhard, Gunter & Other Contributors. PLATEN ARTISTS: NO PHOTOS PLEASE. Zurich, Switzerland: Editions Stemmle, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 143 pages. Fine/Fine.

The photographer's collection of artist portraits. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other susbequent editions. An elegant production by Angelika Platen: Oversize-volume format in oblong shape. Hard boards with titles on spine, as issued. Photographs by Angelika Platen. Essays by Gunter Engelhard, Alex Hecht, Klaus Honnef, and Rocchus Kowallek. Printed on thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. With the exception of Ugo Mulas and Hans Namuth, none photographed the art scene of the latter part of the 20th century as it was unfolding with the same privileged access as Angelika Platen. Most of the artists in the collection were completely unknown and literally starving at the time. Platen sensed that something new and beautiful and enduring was being made before her eyes. Some of the artists in the collection include Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Christo, Hanne Darboven, Walter de Maria (one of very few photographs of the reclusive artist), Edward Kienholz, Claes Oldenburg, Sigmar Polke, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol, among so many others. "The art scene fascinated me: The avant-garde of '68, my contemporaries, had not yet achieved fame, many of them were still practically unknown, and I was able to point my lens at them. It was the dawn of a new age all around us" (Angelika Platen). Platen was right: These people would define late-20th century aesthetics and more important, radically re-define Western art forever. A "must-have" title for Angelika Platen and contemporary art collectors. This is an Import title, was not widely distributed in the United States, has been out-of-print for a long time, and is now collectible. This is one of few copies still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. 60 plates. One of the best collections of its kind. A fine copy. . ISBN 390816155X. $30.00

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