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Pictures of Paintings.

Photographs by Richard Misrach. Text by Weston Naef and Navjotika Kumar.
powerHouse Books, New York, 2002. 138 pp., 75 color illustrations and 4 multi-page gatefolds, 13¼x11¼".

"Oblique. Subtle. They are beautiful, but the undercurrent is political, though not overtly so. It's about the way art is used to implant itself on another culture."--from a conversation with Misrach. The pictures of paintings published here comprise one of Misrach's famous Cantos, but they have never been reproduced in their entirety until now. Made in various museums in the American West, they are concerned with the manner in which European art--particularly the landscape painting--made its way, metaphorically and literally, to this region of the US. The details of these paintings have obviously been co-opted, but the resulting meanings are implied and indirect. The two essays by Naef and Kumar bring to the table much needed historical and intellectual analysis. The limited edition comes with a triptych of C-prints, signed and numbered by the artist; visit to see the images in color.

The limited edition, of 100 copies, includes a slipcased edition of the book and a signed and numbered 22x50 inch color triptych, a rare presentation by the artist. To view the triptych in color, please click here

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