Joel-Peter Witkin / Stedelijk Museum 1983
Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1983. Quarto. White staple-bound pictorial paper wraps, lightly soiled and toned. Unpaginated. First edition, inscribed by Witkin on the interior of the front wrap. Near fine.
An exhibition catalog with photo reproductions. To watch things that both attract and repel one, is an ambivalent affair in which the interaction between emotions and reason is not only unstable and therefore remains undecided, but besides, it also brings about a paralyzing indecision. This is how it feels to experience the work of American photographer Joel-Peter Witkin. Not for the faint of heart. Fine Witkin ephemera from an important international exhibition of his work.
"Witkin's staged scenes show physical perversity in an unprecedently morbid and misshapen form. The situations he pictures are grotesque and sometimes flatly repulsive. They fall in with vaguely defined imaginations of hell, underworld or torture chamber. The models he has photographed show the wear and tear of destructive passions."