Thomas Struth: Museum Photographs. Text (in English) by Hans Belting. Schirmer/Mosel, München, 1993. 72 pp. Small folio [13 3/4 x 12"; 35 x 30.5 cm]. First edition, first printing* (German, true first edition; later republished, 1998 & 2005). Signed on half-title page. Clothbound ['semi-soft' boards] in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 17 color reproductions with 8 smaller color and black-and-white reference illustrations.
*The dust jacket of true first edition of Museum Photographs has the title printed in red; the 1998 printing has it in yellow. Also, the jacket of the true first has no ISBN number on its verso. The 2005 edition has a totally different jacket design.
Rare signed copy of the true first edition of one of Struth's most important bodies of work. With a text by eminent art historian Hans Belting. Struth studied with both painter Gerhard Richter and photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. His museum images express his "interest in the fate of art in museums." Are picture galleries, he asks, "like cemeteries or a living organism where people can nourish themselves about aspects of human existence?
"[Struth has] come to realize he needs figures to respond to other figures. That's a major part of how he achieves a dialogue between two media -- painting and photography. Besides the appeal of his work, there's another challenge packed into his art. Struth wants to make people more aware of how to read a picture while also taking into consideration the intention of the photographer. To be sure, the museum series can be interpreted as variously as the works of art depicted in them. "--reference, Phyllis Tuchman, On Thomas Struth's "Museum Photographs",
Fine- in Near Fine dust jacket; a few slight 'dings' to lower board edges; jacket with moderate edge wear mostly to upper edges; rear panel rubbed; small tear rear corner (3/4"; .5 cm] slight abrasion to 'tips' with some shallow creasing along spine area.