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Joel-Peter Witkin: A Retrospective
     

Joel-Peter Witkin: A Retrospective

by Joel-Peter Witkin (Photographer), Germano Celant, Germano Celant, Castello Di Rivoli, Solomon R. Guggenh
 

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Best-known for his intricate tableaux blending the sublime and the grotesque, Witkin here presents both the early, relatively simple portraits, heavily marked and altered in processing, as well as the recent allegories, which could be called pristine but for their provocative content. This chronological presentation of more than 100 works from a 20-year period allows the reader both to survey the path of that evolution and to recognize the recurring subjects of his shifting style. The themes of heaven and hell, suffering, beauty, and motherhood are as constant as his portrayal of mutilated and malformed flesh, masks, and the thorns and grapes that refer to Christianity and pagan myth. Brought out to accompany a retrospective that opens next month at New York's Guggenheim Museum, this catalog also contains a comprehensive dissection of Witkin's work by the show's curator and publishes Witkin's 1976 manifesto, "Revolt Against the Mystical." For all libraries with works on contemporary photography.-Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781881616207
Publisher:
D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Edition description:
1ST SCALO
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 11.82(h) x 1.28(d)

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