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Item Code 3474

Title New York 1975 (from NL#3)

Author Davies, Bevan (SIGNED)


ISBN: 9781590054505

Condition: Hardcover



Signed and Numbered,
\nLimited Edition of 350 slipcased books\n

\nFor New Yorkers, 1975 was a particularly bleak year of a tumultuous decade. The city was on the verge of insolvency, mired in a national recession and reeling from the flight of the middle class to the suburbs. Twenty percent of the public workforce was laid off while rates of crime and drug use soared. In these relentlessly frontal, clear-eyed pictures, indications of a grim reality are everywhere to be found in the form of sordid surfaces, improvised signage, cracked windows, and dissident scrawls.\n

\nWhen the photographs in this book were first exhibited in 1976, their formal austerity and apparently neutral stance invited comparison with the contemporaneous work of Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, and other photographers featured in the seminal 'New Topographics' exhibition. Distance, however, has revealed their concerns and temperament to be more akin to those of Marville or Atget, both of whom had a special feeling for the life and death of buildings (and thus of place), or Walker Evans, whose pictures Lincoln Kirstein praised for their clear, hideous and beautiful detail, their open insanity and pitiful grandeur.?? ? From the Introduction by Joshua Chuang\n

\nBevan Davies?s second monograph in the NZ Library Series, New York, 1975 is a powerful companion book to Los Angeles, 1976 (published in NZL Set 1). Both volumes present comprehensive important bodies of work that was influential, widely exhibited and collected at the time it was made; but not published in book form until now. New York, 1975 opens with an insightful essay by Joshua Chuang, The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Associate Director for Art, Prints and Photographs, and The Robert B. Menschel Senior Curator of Photography at The New York Public Library\n

\nBevan Davies?s work is included in many major public and private collections, including those of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Art Institute of Chicago; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; and Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City.\n

\nNew York, 1975 is printed in a limited edition of 350 numbered, signed and slipcased copies.\n

\nISBN 978-1-59005-450-5
\nHardcover, Slipcased,
\n10.5 x 15, 48 pages, 20 duotone plates
\nLimited edition of 350 numbered and signed copies

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