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Deutsch, David (Artist/Photographer) & Rickels, Laurence A. (Contributor). DAVID DEUTSCH: PAINTINGS/PHOTOGRAPHS. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishing, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 80 pages. As New. Signed.

Artist Book. One of the most unusually beautiful art and photography books of the year 2004. Limited Edition of 1000 copies. An elegant production by Jack Woody: Regular-sized volumes format in rectangular shape. The first volume is devoted to the paintings, the second, to the photographs. Hard pictorial boards, as issued. Art and photography by David Deutsch. Essay, "Haunts of Assimilation", by Laurence A. Rickels. The essay is appropriately, also in two parts and appended at the end of each volume. Black silk cloth slipcase with titles embossed on spine. Printed on glossy stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ's, as issued. Presents the hauntingly powerful imagery of the artist/photographer. The photographs are stark aerial shots of various suburban homes, buildings, and their surrounding environments, taken at night. Deutsch himself likens them to surveillance photographs from a satellite or a hidden camera. The paintings are softly lit renderings of homes, panoramic landscapes, and people in the streets, luminous and shadowy at the same time, complete yet also somehow unfinished. As soon as they gain clarity, the images become elusive again, evidence "that rests not on what we see but on what we forget" (Laurence A. Rickels). Born, raised, and educated in Beverly Hills, David Deutsch was discouraged by his wealthy family to pursue an artistic career. To his credit, he would not talk about what appears to have been a difficult childhood and adolescence. He became a world-class economist and joined the Peace Corps before moving to New York to become an artist. Best-known for his conceptual yet figurative paintings, his lifelong subject is "virtual nothingness", that which "appears vast and endlessly deep, that which is perceived but is not obviously visible". He is an artist with a loyal cult following and is associated with such major figures as Robert Mangold, Keith Sonnier, and Brice Marden. To discover his work is to experience the power of art as revelation all over again. A "must-have" title for David Deutsch collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page of both volumes by David Deutsch. This is the only signed copy available anywhere and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 45 color, 40 duotone plates. One of the greatest living American artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. . ISBN 1931885273. $150.00

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