WONDERFUL PORTFOLIO OF HAND-PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHS BY VICTOR VAZQUEZ, EACH SIGNED BY HIM
VAZQUEZ, Victor. The Body and the Bird. Philadelphia: Seraphin Gallery, 2002. Large folio (measures 16 by 20 inches), nine gelatin silver photographic prints, each tissue-guarded and matted, loose as issued in original cloth-covered clamshell box. $8500.
Signed limited first edition of this dramatic portfolio of nine hand-painted gelatin silver prints, number 6 of only 25 copies produced, each print signed, titled and dated on the verso by Vazquez.
“Religion, especially the Afro-Caribbean Santeria, features prominently in Vazquez’s photographs and installation work. Vazquez’s large, warmly orange-tinted photographs are strange, glowing icons of beauty, life, death and religious ritual. The hand-painted photographs… are a vaguely discomfiting package-monumental nude figure studies with surreal symbols like feathers, bones, dead roosters and nails… There’s a fierce beauty here, formal and at the same time primal, and altogether compelling” (Roberta Fallon).