Robert Heinecken

First printing of this very uncommon exhibition catalog for a show of Robert Heinecken’s work at Gallery Min in Tokyo, 1986. Illustrated throughout with many fine examples of Heinecken’s various bodies of works with numerous colour and some black and white photographs, accompanied by an introductory text (in Japanese and English) by Mark Johnstone.

Designed by Hideyuki Taguchi and printed in Japan.

“Heinecken transformed the possibilities of the medium and had a profound impact on many photography-based artists who studied with him. Influenced by Dada and Surrealism, especially Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and John Heartfield, Heinecken worked with numerous photographic techniques and materials, oftentimes combining them with various printmaking processes. In addition, to offset lithography and etching, he made use of film transparencies, photographic emulsion on canvas, gelatin silver prints mounted to wood (e.g., “Multiple Solution Puzzle” Series), Polaroid materials, mixed media collage and photograms (e.g., ARE YOU REA and Recto/Verso Series).”

Robert Heinecken (1931 – 2006) was an American artist who referred to himself as a “paraphotographer” because he so often made photographic images without a camera. In 1962, he founded the photography program at UCLA. He taught there until 1991. In 1964 he helped found the Society for Photographic Education, an organization of college-level teachers. He also taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where his second wife, Joyce Neimanas, was on faculty. They split their time between the two cities for several years before they moved to New Mexico in 2004. During his life he was mainly shown in traditional photography galleries, but two contemporary art galleries in L.A. began staging exhibitions of his work after his death: Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Cherry and Martin. Curators like Eva Respini at the Museum of Modern Art now place his work in a conceptual art lineage, associating him with Pictures Generations artists such as Cindy Sherman, John Baldessari and Richard Prince.

* Condition: Very Good-Fine (tight, clean copy throughout) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Robert Heinecken - Selected Works 1966-1986 (1986)
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