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American prospects : photographs

Author: Joel Sternfeld; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
Publisher: New York : Times Books in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, [1987] ©1987
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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First published in 1987 to widespread critical acclaim and hailed by People magazine as one of the ten best books of the 1980s, Joel Sternfeld's startling visual chronicle is at once funny and despairing, calmly beautiful and grim. Sternfeld may be America's greatest fineart color photographer, and here his luxuriant landscapes are full of sly surprises and deadpan wit: a renegade elephant lies exhausted on a road;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition, pictorial works
Exhibitions
Pictorial works Exhibitions
Named Person: Joel Sternfeld; Joel Sternfeld
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Sternfeld; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
ISBN: 081291659X 9780812916591
OCLC Number: 15015628
Notes: "Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, April 4-June 6, 1987"--Title page verso.
Description: 15 unnumbered pages, 53 [i.e. 55] leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 27 x 32 cm
Responsibility: by Joel Sternfeld ; introduction by Andy Grunberg ; afterword by Anne W. Tucker.
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First published in 1987 to widespread critical acclaim and hailed by People magazine as one of the ten best books of the 1980s, Joel Sternfeld's startling visual chronicle is at once funny and despairing, calmly beautiful and grim. Sternfeld may be America's greatest fineart color photographer, and here his luxuriant landscapes are full of sly surprises and deadpan wit: a renegade elephant lies exhausted on a road; beached whales daintily punctuate a majestic seascape; a fireman buys pumpkins while a house burns behind him. Now published in an exquisite paper-bound edition with a new preface, these pictures carry even more weight than when they were first seen; they have the poignancy and resonance of an America uneasy about its past and uncertain of its future.

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