NEW ARRIVALS +  02.10.13 Vol 9.58

Trade (Fall Edition) is a loose-leaf collection of photographs revisiting the male youth pastime of collecting trading cards. The photographs were sourced from online personals websites for gay men, printed and housed in an envelope, signed by the artist Chad States. The men are usually depicted half-clothed and reclining on a bed. The unbound photographs invite us to bring online photo swapping into the ether by collecting, trading, and swapping these grainy, digital photos. Trade is released seasonally in an edition of 40 and signed copies of the Summer edition are still available.

Early American sheds light on the inter-connected relationship between photography and painting. Photographer Sharon Core sought out to replicate the early nineteenth century paintings of Raphael Peale, who was considered the first professional American still-life painter. Early American examines the aesthetics of this highly influential era, shaping and defining an aesthetic sensibility that still has resonance today. Core located nineteenth century porcelain and grew the fruit that would have been in existence at that time, mirroring Peale’s meticulous process of creating photo-realistic paintings. Core’s efforts are nothing short of remarkable in this monograph.

In Diana Scherer's new monograph, Nurture Studies, she photographs flowers she has grown from seed. The vases that nurtured the flowers are broken just before she photographs them, leaving their root structure exposed. It is this absence that allows us to reflect on the fragile environments that nurture all living things – from humans to flora and fauna. Scherer’s aesthetic has been influenced by botanical encyclopedias and modern still life photographs, but a very different effect is achieved in the absence of the flowers’ vases, making for an engaging experience riddled with metaphor.

Esther Kroon is a celebration of the work of the young photographer who was killed at age 25 while traveling and photographing in Guatemala. Kroon studied with Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra, whose influence is present in Kroon’s subject matter, though markedly different in style. The low vantage point from which she positioned her camera allowed for spontaneity and eased the interaction between Kroon and the children she photographed, who became god-like among dwarfed city buildings in the background. Esther Kroon includes photographs she made of children in Spain and The Netherlands as well as a handful of stunning self-portraits the ill-fated photographer made just before her death.

Published by Gagosian Gallery as the accompanying reader to an exhibition of the same name, Selections from the Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg is an impressive volume of material from the private collection of one of the most influential artists of the last fifty years. The book includes plates from over sixty-five artists in Rauschenberg’s personal collection – many of whom were collaborators and close friends – including Joseph Beuys, Karl Blossfeldt, Man Ray, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and many others. Included are personal anecdotes, illustrations and photographs from Rauschenberg’s seemingly endless archive. Mimi Thompson contributes biographies for each of the artists included in the collection. Rauschenberg’s influence on his circle of friends and their artistic legacies is felt throughout the book, speaking to Rauschenberg’s tremendous influence rippling outward from his work to the work of others.

Out My Window is a voyeuristic journey into the lives of city dwellers. These fascinating architectural city landscapes peer into the lives of strangers – some sitting quietly alone in their apartments, others celebrating birthdays, dancing, making dinner, or simply enjoying the view outside of their own window. The photographs allow us not only a glimpse into the lives of strangers, but also a glimpse into the compelling act of looking.

War/Photography is a vast collection of war photographs both old and new. It surveys war from the early years of photography, documenting the American Civil Wars, through present day Iraq. The power of the image is undeniable during times of war, and this collection makes a strong case for that power. It is often through the photographic image that war efforts are mobilized – a powerful tool in garnering public support as we saw during World World II. Alternately, the photographic image can create public dissent, as we learned during the Vietnam War. Covering such pivotal moments as the shooting at Kent State to the fall of the World Trade Center, it is undeniable that the photographic image has an implicit effect on the populous during times of war. This enormous and impressive volume explores that relationship.

Decotora explores the Japanese sub-culture of Japanese truck adornment by photographer Tatsuki Masaru. “On first glance, the work seemed like a very well executed presentation of an undeniably catchy subject and I foolishly considered its value essentially skin-deep. It wasn’t until I attended the opening that I realized Tatsuki’s body of work is actually one of great depth. The metaphor is almost too perfect; Tatsuki’s images have mirrored his subjects – their exterior quality is blinding, and in their shadows hides a wealth of information, intelligence, history and culture.” –from Daniel Espeset’s feature on Tatsuki Masaru’s Decotora. Read the entire feature here. Un-signed copies of Decotora are now in stock and on sale. Signed copies are also available.

Best wishes,
Erin Azouz
photo-eye Newsletter Editor

photo-eye Auctions

A blizzard in the northeast has meant spotty internet access at photo-eye Auctions headquarters, so we're starting with five books today with more to come in the next 48 hours. But not just any books: The 1939 first edition of Berenice Abbott's seminal mid-thirties urban portrait, Changing New York (in the rare dust jacket!); Yuko Nakamura's Harajuku UFO, an unsung classic of late 70s Japanese street photography documents the early years of the Harajuku fashion scene: it's a giddy parade of Teds and Rockabilly boys; Glam kids a la Bowie and T. Rex and the early adopters of Punk—utterly brilliant! Two sought after titles by Daido Moriyama and a scarce number of the Visionaire series round out the listings. Be sure to check out Eric's presentation below! Thanks as always for looking!



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Yuko Nakamura: Harajuku UFO
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Trade (Fall Edition) - SIGNED
Sharon Core
Early American - SIGNED
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Nurture Studies
Esther Kroon
Esther Kroon
Robert Rauschenberg
Selections from the Private Collection of Robert Rauschenberg
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Out My Window
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