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Mills, Joseph. THE LOVES OF THE POETS. Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli Press, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 32 pages. As New.

Artist Book. One of the most beautiful and most important photography books of the year 2005. Limited Edition of 2000 copies. A dazzling production by Joseph Mills and Chris Pichler: Oversize-volume format. Rich green velvet boards with matching leatherette overboards and gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographic collage art by Joseph Mills. There is no text. Gilt page edges. Purple endpapers. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the artist/photographer's new collection of photomontages which are (as the title suggests) about love and which add up to an Artist Book of breathtaking beauty. "Beautifully raw, disturbingly seductive collages, a work of art unto itself. Collages that seem to be on the verge of complete revelation but time and again leave the viewer on a suspended note. The success of these images lies in the fact that they are anchored in reality just enough so that we are on the edge between surreality and reality. Beautifully reproduced with antique paper backgrounds and a rich double varnish, bringing the marriage of artist and book to a new level" (Publisher's blurb). "Mills uses techniques to convince us that the surreal is real. Ordinary daily rituals are suddenly transfigured by our worst fears. Reality is out of control. Fears that we usually suppress may not be baseless. The images exist on the edge of horror and beauty" (Anne Wilkes Tucker). If that sounds like a very good description of Max Ernst or Man Ray's art, it is because the best of Joseph Mills's photomontages are worthy of comparison with these masters of visual surprise, vertigo, and manipulation. A triumph of artistic transmutation that must literally be seen to be believed. A "must-have" title for Joseph Mills collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen by Joseph Mills. This is one of very few signed copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. This title will become highly collectible and increase in value rapidly. A very scarce signed copy thus. 26 color plates. One of the finest living American artist/photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOSEPH MILLS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1590051270. $70.00

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