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Philadelphia Wireman



The only monograph ever produced on the work of Philadelphia Wireman, published by Fleisher/Ollman in Philadelphia in 2011.

In the late 1970s a stockpile of over a thousand distinctive wire sculptures were found in cardboard boxes on the street in a slowly-gentrifying neighborhood in South Philadelphia. The works consist of different gauges of wire wrapped around everyday found objects and materials such as food packaging, umbrella parts, tape, batteries, pens, nuts and bolts, nails, foil, coins, toys, watches, eyeglasses, tools, and jewelry. The maker, who remains unidentified, possessed an astonishing ability to isolate and communicate the concepts of power and energy through his selection and transformation of these ordinary materials. The pieces are often compared to African fetish objects and other ritualized, vernacular traditions, but resonate equally with historical and contemporary art practices. The collection has come to be regarded as an important discovery in the field of self-taught art.

This fully illustrated catalogue includes a foreword by John Ollman, an essay by Brendan Greaves, and was designed by Purtill Family Business with cover typography by artist and designer Paul Elliman.

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Melvin Edwards
Five Decades

First edition of this now out-of-print major monograph on the work of Melvin Edwards.
Over the past five decades, New York-based sculptor Melvin Edwards (born 1937) has produced a remarkable body of work redefining the modernist tradition of welded sculpture. Working primarily in welded steel, Edwards is perhaps best known for his Lynch Fragments, small-scale reliefs born of the turmoil of the Civil Rights Movement. Beyond the Lynch Fragments, Edwards’ oeuvre encompasses larger sculptures, installations, public projects, drawings, studies and prints.

Published on the occasion of a major retrospective originated by Nasher Sculpture Center, Melvin Edwards: Five Decades presents a richly illustrated examination of Edwards’ career, featuring more than 90 works and numerous unpublished photographs from the artist’s archive.

Texts by Alex Potts, Tobias Wofford, Catherine Craft.

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Peter Voulkos
Retrospective

Published in conjunction with the 1995 touring Japanese Museum retrospective of work by the pioneering late artist/ceramicist Peter Voulkos, this is the beautifully designed and printed first-edition Japanese catalogue from the Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo (Jan 2 – Feb 20, 1995) and  The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. (Feb 28 – April 2, 1995), which comes housed in an elegant printed cardboard slipcase. A very rare volume, and in our opinion the most stunning of books on the work of Peter Voulkos.

Profusely illustrated with wonderful colour photo documentation of his many works, accompanied by an essay by Rose Slivka.

In 1954, Voulkos founded the Ceramic Center at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, which gave birth to the West Coast Abstract Expressionist ceramics movement. He later became a highly influential educator at UC Berkeley while continuing a vital career that included work in bronze sculpture and wood-fired stoneware.

* Condition: Very Good-Fine (a clean, tight copy protected in it’s original cardboard slipcase with only light tanning to backside) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger's Necronomicon

With an introduction by Clive Baker and numerous texts by HR Giger as well as texts by Fritz Billeter and Simon Vinkenoog and a tribute from Salvador Dali.

“The “Necronomicon” is a legendary magical book that is kept in inaccessible places only in a few, incompletely preserved specimens because it could have disastrous consequences if it fell into the wrong hands. It was written down around 730 AD in Yemen by the legendary Abdul Al Azred. It is said to tell of things and events that took place in the gray age, and illustrations of uncanny creatures lurking in the depths of the earth and the seas, one day destroying mankind and striking the world.
Al Azred’s “Necronomicon” is a kind of museum of the most wonderful abominations and perversions. The well-known writer HP Lovecraft was the first to report in his “Cthulhu” mythology of this work. Many other science fiction and fantasy writers have quoted this fictional work time and again, but it has only become a visual reality in “HR Giger’s Necronomicon”!”

“Giger always opens up new approaches to the origins of our psyche,” writes Clive Baker in his foreword. “He is planning for us to go, encouraged by the knowledge that others have gone before this path, and only a few artists are able to give such impulses, and if we follow Giger, we are initially afraid of our mental health. And quickly recognize that the supposed new territory has countless stations that are connected with our familiar life. For, after all, we are no strangers: Giger points the direction into the world in which we must return, where we pledge our pledge, to pay the tithes which we owe. Giger’s world is the place of our own taboos, and only our own disregard makes him appear frightening, sullen, “alien” (alien). (…) Giger’s work calls us to the common ground of the unconscious, where, though we sometimes alienate ourselves from it, we are never really strangers. In other words, HR Giger’s fantastic art is calling us home.”

Beginning with a hommage from Salvador Dali, the first in this series of oversized and visually overwhelming volumes takes us through the early history of one of the most brilliant fantasy artists of the century. From his “Passegen” series, his work for theatre, posters, album artwork, environments, personal works, is designs for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s DUNE, and much more, all beautifully reproduced in full-colour and black and white, full-bleed spreads, including fold-out pages. These Giger folio books have become very desirable, collectable editions in their various printings around the world, the series encompassing the work of one of the world’s most unique and influential visionaries.

This is the first Swiss edition, published by Edition C.

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