37 Greenpoint Avenue
Chuck Close, N.Y., NY
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, 2003
In 1999, Chuck Close began taking photographs using the daguerreotype process, working with Jerry Spagnoli in his New York studio. Over the next two years he photographed Cindy Sherman, James Turrell, Gregory Crewdson, Elizabeth Murray, Kiki Smith, Ellen Gallagher, James Siena, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Cecily Brown, Lyle Ashton-Harris, Bob Holman, Carroll Dunham, Lisa Yuskavage, Andres Serrano, Elizabeth Peyton, Terry Winters, Lorna Simpson, Robert Wilson and himself for this book.
Lyrical and concrete praise poems by Bob Holman, a celebrated New York School poet, were written to accompany these photographs and were completed in 2001-2003. Bob Holman recorded a spoken word version of each poem at Village Digital in New York City for a compact disc that is enclosed in each book.
The daguerreotypes were scanned and printed digitally by David Adamson in Washington, D.C. Each print is coated by a screened varnish with UV inhibitors to protect from light and reduce scuffing. Typography and letterpress printing was done by Booklyn artist Ruth Lingen in New York City. Mark Wagner, Booklyn artist and Director of Publications was a production assistant. Each edition was bound by Mark Tomlinson (in Easthampton, MA) in four elegant accordion fold books held in a box with a colophon folder that contains a Chuck Close self-portrait. Thus, while the book is eminently readable, it is also readily displayable for gallery exhibition. The book is also available as a portfolio of twenty two-page spreads each featuring one portrait and the accompanying poem.
The paper is Somerset. The typefaces are foundry Bulmer and Bodoni, set by hand. The cloth is Buckram.
A Couple of Ways of Doing Something was produced in an edition of 75 signed and numbered copies, with 20 artist proofs, 8 collaborator proofs and 8 hors de commerce proofs.
An enclosed single self-portrait of the artist is signed and designated with a corresponding roman numeral.
A limited number of this amazing book are available for acquisition and exhibition, please contact Marshall Weber at Booklyn for more information.
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