New York: The New Art Scene (HAND SIGNED by Jim Dine, Larry Poons and Frank Stella) 1967, Hardback Monograph with illustrated dust jacket.
This is the iconic, gorgeous oversized hardback Ugo Mulas photo book documenting the 1960s New York art scene - illustrated with over 500 images. The book itself, which is normally unsigned, is a valuable collectors' item. However, exceptionally the present book is hand signed by three of the remaining living legends featured. We are not aware of any other copy in the world, besides the present volume, that is also hand signed by Frank Stella, Larry Poons and Jim Dine - so this is an extraordinary collectible not to be found anywhere else. The signatures are also unconditionally guaranteed authentic forever as the these three living artists signed the book in person for the present owner - provenance you are unlikely to ever find elsewhere in the world. A memorable gift for the real collector of books and art. Defined as " a photographic record of a long moment in the history of American art " and listed in "The Book of 101 Books" (Seminal Photographic Books of the 20th Century). this large coffee table volume features over 500 lavish photographs of the art scene in New York in the early to mid-1960s - revealing images taken by the legendary art photographer Ugo Mulas. The list of artists featured in this volume includes: Jim Dine, John Chamberlain, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Larry Poons, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann - and the lone female painter Lee Bontecou. Again: Jim Dine, Larry Poons and Frank Stella who have all boldly signed their names at the start of their respective chapters in the book. This rare, historic find is made even more desirable with the inclusion of the three hand signatures The monograph itself has 337 pages and is lavishly illustrated with large black and white photographs. The text is by Alan Solomon. The dust jacket has general creasing, age wear, overall tearing to the front, folds, and spine but the book itself is otherwise in very good vintage condition. The interior pages are in good vintage condition, clean and crisp with no markings whatsoever:
"Inspired by the strong American presence at the 1964 Venice Biennale, the Italian photographer Ugo Mulas made three extended visits to New York over the following years. The result [is this] massive, handsomely designed volume [that] captures the art world at one of its most volatile and vivid peaks...[Mulas] was ideally suited to infiltrate that scene as a sympathetic and unobtrusive observer...With more than 500 photos reproduced in heavily inked, knockout black-and-white, the book has a marvelous scope. Its arresting cover image—a pair of New York cops confronting a gaggle of bohemians at a party in Andy Warhol's Factory—isn't typical, but it suggests something of the scene's exhilaration and notoriety..." (Vince Aletti; Roth 101).
Hand signed boldly in marker by Frank Stella, Larry Poons and Jim Dine.