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Deruytter, Wouter (Artist/Photographer) & Bussche, W. van den (Contributor). WOUTER DERUYTTER: KNIGHTS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE. Ostend, Belgium: Museum Of Modern Art Ostend PMMK, 1998. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 143 pages. Fine. Signed.

Exhibition catalog. Retrospective collection of photographs. The first and only edition. An elegant production by Wouter Deruytter: Oversize-volume format. A large and slim book. Pictorial softcovers with very large flaps, as issued. Photographs by Wouter Deruytter. Introduction by W. Van den Bussche. Chronology of the photographer's career thus far appended at the end. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Modern Art in Ostend, Belgium from November 22, 1997 to January 4, 1998. Presents some of the finest and most representative work by the Belgian photographer in five parts: "Anachronism Abroad", "Arabian Knights", "Circus in Egypt", "Transgenderism", and "Brave in the West". Wouter Deruytter's work is about the personal quest for identity, a theme that was surely influenced by his mentors, Nan Goldin, Duane Michals, and Bruce Weber. There is nothing terribly original about this idea. What makes his work arresting and moving is that he sees that the quest can realized "both ways": Whether through disguise/concealment or revelation, reinvention/makeover or clinging to a set of ancient rites and rituals, momentary transformation (costume and makeup) or committed cultivation of an eccentric lifestyle. The opposing sides are equally valid but the more artificial the identity, the more real and true it is for Deruytter. He has no interest in photographing what is merely "interesting". His commitment to his chosen subjects is complete, which is admirable considering that, by his own admission, he is a restless traveller who wants to see as much as he can of the world. He spent almost a decade chronicling the lives of the American artist couple, David McDermott and Peter McGough, who live as though the Modern Era never happened. He developed an attachment to Jem Jender, a transgendered person, neither male nor female but rather male and female, fluidly and effortlessly sliding back and forth the two opposite poles of gender and sexual identities. He also spent three successive summers photographing the American cowboy, seeing in them a homoerotic quality that they themselves probably do not see or want to see. In the ordinary, conformist, mass-media world we live today, Deruytter celebrates his royal "knights of the impossible". A "must-have" title for Wouter Deruytter collectors. This "presentation" copy is very prominently, beautifully, and wittily signed, dated, and inscribed (in the year of publication) to an imaginary Other on the title page by the photographer: "To Polly Sunshine Wouter Deruytter May '98". Polly Sunshine is not a real person. It is the photographer's dedication to all Others, that is to say, everyone who dares to be different. This title is now collectible. This is the best signed copy we have ever seen and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. 150 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WOUTER DERUYTTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9074377653. $100.00

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