Desire for Magic.
Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008.
Photographs by Patrick Nagatani. Edited by Michele M. Penhall.
University of New Mexico Art Museum,
260 pp., Color illustrations throughout, 12x12".
The monograph includes seven critical essays in which each author addresses a specific campaign; a comprehensive bibliography and exhibition history; and previously unpublished texts significant to particular projects. The essays were written by a diverse and distinguished group of scholars that includes Barbara Hitchcock, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Polaroid Corporation where Nagatani completed some of his first large scale Polaroid works, Dr. Marie Antonella Pelizzari, former Associate Curator of Photography at the Canadian Center for Architecture, and Dr. Kirsten Buick, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of New Mexico who presents a critique of Nagatani's Tape-estries, a series he began in the 1980s, but work that is rarely exhibited or discussed.
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Read David Ondrik's review of Desire for Magic in photo-eye Magazine.