Title: Alex Katz : First Sight
Publisher: Peter Blum Edition, New York
Publication Date: 2003
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition
420 pp. (iv). Subtitled 'Working Drawings'. Essay by Jean-Christophe Ammann. Statements by the artist. List of illustrations. Essay in English and German. A collection of over 500 facsimilies of drawings reproduced in original size and colour dating from the 1960s to early 2000s. Edition limited to 800 copies. Internally clean and unmarked with sound binding. Tan cloth covered boards with pasted down title labels on the front panel and backstrip. Slight soiling from shelf wear to the the tail corner of the text block and light dust soiling to head edge otherwise fine condition. No dustjacket as issued. Due to weight (2.35 kg + packaging) extra shipping charges are required for international orders. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006411
Synopsis: In the more than 500 working drawings by Alex Katz reproduced here, we are able to look over the artist's shoulder at works in their nascent state--a rare experience essential to any understanding of the artist's oeuvre. Like a sculptor's preparatory drawings, these are the sketches of a painter who is not a draftsman but a painter; they are the raw material, revealing Katz's methods of looking and recording. Contours, overlappings, movements and attitudes are put to paper ever so quickly, with observation given top priority. Subject development, composition and memory are all elements that come about afterwards, when the artist takes up the paintbrush and moves to the canvas. First Sight contains a vast array of previously unpublished sketches and drawings, printed here in facsimile, at a scale of 1:1, and spanning the entire career of the artist, from 1950 to the present. The book is a limited edition of 1000 copies.
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