Fine copy. 2 part fold. Illustrated with colour photographic plates and b&w. Plates are fold-out on one half of book. Text mainly in latter half. With contributions by Ariane Grigoteit and Peter Herbstreuth, as well as Hans Ulrich Obrist. Dual text-English and German. Quarto 78p. p plus separate plates.
Fine. No dust jacket as issued. First edition, first printing. Deluxe Limited Edition of 100 copies (this being number 25), with an original, signed and numbered Type-C print face-mounted on thick plexiglass (7-1/4 x 6-1/4 x 1 inches). Hardcover. Photographically illustrated plexiglas boards with title stamped in silver on red cloth-covered spine; no dust jacket as issued; contained in a custom white lacquer wooden box. Photographs by Miwa Yanagi. Essay (in Japanese and English) by Aomi Okabe. Includes an illustrated list of plates. Designed by Sansei Kimura. Unpaginated (72 pp. ), with 48 four-color plates. Book measures 15-1/4 x 13-3/8 inches. Wooden box measures 19-1/8 x 17-1/8 inches. This first edition was limited to 2000 copies. Fine. Book and print mounted on plexiglass are flawless. White lacquer wooden box is Fine. From the publisher: "In The White Casket, Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi has created a bizarre fantasy world inhabited by department store 'elevator girls. ' In upscale Japanese department stores, the elevator girl performs the role of a hostess, directing customers to their destinations while lending an aura of elegance to the shopping experience. The position of elevator girl is a highly prized one; those holding this position are selected by management, and are expected to exude youth, innocence and beauty. In White Casket--the collective title for the work as presented here--Yanagi takes advantage of digital technology to create virtual spaces composed of elements from several different locations, creating elaborate settings in which the elevator girls live as 'prisoners in paradise. ' Miwa Yanagi is a pioneer in contemporary photo-based art. Her work is included in important public and private collections throughout Japan, the US, and Europe. White Casket documents this well-known body of work in a large-format, beautifully-reproduced monograph." Signed by Author.
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