First edition. Illustrated in black and white. Cloth. Near fine in dustjacket. Many of the photographs in this book were taken before the artists acquired fame and fortune. Instead of glamorous shots, taken paparazzi-style for a quick sale to the tabloids, these are insightful portraits, offering an exclusive glimpse into the world of art celebrity from 1957 to the present. Gruen's work in the 1950s for a New York photo agency put him into contact with some of the greatest photographers of the day, including Brassai, Robert Doisneau, Bill Brandt, Sabine Weiss and Man Ray. These relationships and his work as an art critic gave him exposure and experience. The result is a unique series of photographs which captures the essence of such well-known artists as Keith Haring. Jasper Johns and Yoko Ono.
Fine in Fine DJ. Inscribed by artist to famed opera star, else tight, bright, and unmarred. DJ bright and clean. Cream textured paper boards, black ink lettering, matching textured endpages. 4to. 85pp. Illus. (b/w plates). With a foreword by Justin Spring. Inscribed by the artist to the late British operatic soprano Alice Swanson Esty. A very handsome copy, quite scarce inscribed.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Signed by Author This is a very good hardcover copy in a very good dust jacket with just light wear. Completely clean inside and out. Signed boldly in ink on the title-page by John Jonas Gruen. Not inscribed to anyone. Illustrated with 85 of Gruen's engaging black & white photographs of the artists and authors that he knew so well. These are some of the most intimate photographs of these artists available, especially the older artists. Foreword and essay by Justin Spring. 12" high X 10" wide.
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