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YOSHIOKA Yasuhiro. Juu-ai : Dai-3 no Venus / Animal Love : The Third Venus (1971)



YOSHIOKA Yasuhiro. Juu-ai : Dai-3 no Venus (Animal Love : The Third Venus). Tokyo : Sogo Tosho, 1971. First ed. — AVAILABLE: see STOCKLIST for pricing

Description — 4° (32.5 x 26 x 2 cm), 1.4 kg.
Pict. case / portfolio, (40) color and b&w photographs (photogravure) on (26) sheets that unfold into large 4°, folio & plano images (see pics below), (1) illustrated index sheet, (6) sheets of text by Ikuya KATO, in Japanese. Complete. Design by Kohei SUGIURA.
Emboitage portfolio ill., (40) photographies coul. et n&b (héliogravure) sur (26) feuilles libres qui se déplient en larges images in-4°, in-folio & in-plano (voir photos ci-dessous), (1) feuille d'index illustré, (6) feuilles de texte par KATO Ikuya, en japonais. Complet. Maquette par SUGIURA Kohei.

État / Condition — VG (fragile case: one inner tab missing, wear to edges).
TB (emboitage fragile : frotté aux bords, une languette manquante).

Remarques & avis / Review — A surprising artist photobook / portfolio, in the straight line from Yasuhiro YOSHIOKA's first opus (1963), that bears a radical title and entails rather aesthetic 1970s nudes, in color and contrasted black monochrome, of a woman in the company of more or less hairy beasts: a skull, a chimpanzee, a cat, a dog, herself, a man. Outstanding photogravure with very deep blacks. Quite uncommon complete of all plates. A personal favorite.

Un étonnant livre-photo / portfolio d'artiste, dans la droite ligne du premier opus (1963) de Yasuhiro YOSHIOKA, portant un titre radical et comprenant des nus "années 1970" plutôt esthétiques, en couleur et monochromes contrastés, d'une femme en compagnies de bêtes plus ou moins à poils : un crâne, un chimpanzé, un chat, un chien, elle-même, un homme. Remarquable héliogravure aux noirs très profonds. Assez peu courant complet de toutes les planches. Un favori personnel.

Divers / Misc. — 'An absolutely trippy piece of Japanese "psychedelic erotica". If Eikoh Hosoe was taking serious quantities of LSD while shooting his early figurative work, he might have come up with something resembling these highly stylized nudes.' (photo-eye)




















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