WORK FROM THE SAME HOUSE, SIGNED BY LEE FRIEDLANDER
FRIEDLANDER, Lee and DINE, Jim. Work from the Same House. Photographs & Etchings. London: Trigram, (1969). Slim quarto, original cream paper wrappers. $1600.
First trade edition of this important collaboration between Friedlander and artist Jim Dine, signed by Friedlander on the half title, containing 16 photographic images, 16 etchings and one full-page image of both artists.
Lee Friedlander’s work “burst into maturity in 1962,” when he awakened photography to a new playfulness, turning the everyday and “familiar photographic errors into beguiling puns and puzzles” (MoMA). That desire to reinvent the ordinary and to challenge the divide between art and artist found kinship in friend and artist Jim Dine, whose “The Smiling Workman” (1960) and subsequent works shaped New York’s avant-garde throughout the 1960s. Friedlander and Dine collaborated for seven years on this book. At that time Friedlander, who has since produced over 20 books, could find no publisher, but income from this work “gave him the chance to make his first [solo] book, Self Portrait, in 1970” (MoMA). This edition was published simultaneously with the limited edition of that portfolio.
Interior clean and bright; slightest soiling to covers of about-fine book. A highly desirable signed copy.