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Description: NP (Los Angeles), Self-Published., 1970, First Edition. Loose Plates in a Portfolio, Oblong Small 4to, Fifteen individual 7 x 10 " plates printed offset recto only, 15 b&w illustrations. Self-published in 1970, "Impersonations" is Los Angeles-based artist Scott Grieger's wildly hilarious, photographically illustrated artist's book of send-ups of iconic works by many of the then-prevailing luminaries of Pop, Conceptual and Minimal Art. Using the photographic studio and some darkroom magic, the hirsute Grieger clad in jeans, desert boots, and a white t-shirt substitutes himself for artworks ranging from a Barnett Newman "zip" to one of Robert Irwin's illuminated disc paintings. The fifteen artists receiving these wry homages are Ronald Bladen, Tony DeLap, Robert Grosvenor, Irwin, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, John McCracken, Robert Morris, Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, George Rickey, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, and Ernest Trova. The "Impersonations" photographs were subsequently shown in MoMA's landmark 1970 Conceptual Art exhibition "Information", the 1972 Whitney Annual, "Los Angeles '72" at New York's Sidney Janis Gallery, and were the subject of a 2007 retrospective with catalogue at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University. The work fits in nicely with parallel body-centric photographic excursions by the likes of Bruce Nauman, Chris Burden and Vito Acconci - albeit with a more overt tongue in cheek approach. A bright, handsome example of this exceedingly uncommon - only five copies are currently cited in OCLC WorldCat - and underappreciated gem whose plates all show four tiny puncture marks at the upper left-hand corner due to two removed staples, and whose glossy white printed paper portfolio shows some typical minor creasing along the edges along with a few small spots on the front cover. It has been priced accordingly.. Very Good -.

Keywords: Scott Grieger, Alexis Smith, Artist Monograph, Artist Artists' Book Books, Performance Art, Conceptual and Minimal Art, California Artists and Arts, Photography, Ronald Bladen, Tony DeLap, Robert Grosvenor, Robert Irwin, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, John McCra

Price: US$ 250.00 Seller: Arcana: Books on the Arts
- Book number: 020015

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