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CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS: ANGOLA TO VIETNAM - SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE ARTIST
Imschoot, Uitgevers, Gent, BELGIUM 1989 - 84pp, 27 duotone illustrations. Text in English. In a protective clear acetate dustwrapper. "Angola to Vietnam" is Christopher William's 1989 artist's book based on his photographic piece of the same title featuring twenty-seven images of glass flowers from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. "Drawing from the Peabody’s cache of sculptural specimens, Christopher Williams selected only those plants native to countries in which state-sponsored murders occurred in 1984. The information affixed to each photograph mimics the museum’s labels, but here Williams places the country of origin above the flower’s Latin name, subtly foregrounding the political over the natural. By referencing government-sanctioned atrocities, Williams calls attention to the flowers’ colonial origins, as the science of botany is rooted in the tangled and often exploitative history of international exploration and trade". A most handsome example of this uncommon item limited to one thousand unnumbered copies additionally bearing the BOLDLY SIGNED AND DATED PRESENTATION "FOR . - 11 15 89 - CHRISTOPHER" in black marker in the year of publication to a significant art critic and historian showing some mild creasing to the top foredge corner of the rear cover along with a bit of light sunning along the spine that is typical with this title. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Arcana: Books on the Arts]
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