Les Krims: The Deerslayers
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The Deerslayers. A limited edition portfolio by Les Krims. Text by Alex Sweetman. Self-published, 1972. 23 sepia-toned plates printed on glossy card stock (measuring 5x5-3/8 in.) Housed in photo-illustrated hinged box. Signed and numbered 2106 on separate sheet that also contains Sweetman's text.

"The Deerslayers," supposed hunters to be conceptual artists making sculpture. Near the end of Vietnam war, radical leftist activists using nasty ad hominem attack, characterized any gun-toting hunter as a murderer; police, as some may remember, were called "pigs." Tongue only slightly in cheek, I suggested that the deer trussed to cars, pick-ups, and campers-commonplace in upstate New York during hunting season-were best understood as sculpture, and a "performance" Hermann Nitsche would enjoy. The title was suggested by James Fennimore Cooper's novel, The Deerslayer. Those pictures were meant to conjure a creative appraisal and positive spin for a utilitarian sport practiced by many people living outside the radical-intellectual epicenter of New York City. Most deer hunters ate what they shot. And it's my guess that many lefty intellectuals would have strapped-on a Glock and gone hunting, too, if lox ran wild in Central Park."--Les Krims

Faint crease to one plate; otherwise all contents fine+; tips of box lightly 'touched', as usual.
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