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The legendary photographer relates intimate themes of his life and art in a scrapbook memoir illustrated by his worksfrom portraits of Magritte to Warhol, to painted tintypes, and the revolutionary multiple-image sequences and handwritten texts for which he is best knownand by pieces from his personal art collection, now donated to Pittsburghs Carnegie Museum of Art.
Whether a portrait of Eugne Atget by Berenice Abbott, collages by Joseph Cornell, or drawings by David Hockney, the works of Michalss artistic lodestars sit alongside his own haunting imagessome never-before-publishedand his mordantly funny, playful, humble, and heartbreaking observations on art, photography, and liferevealing the creative obsessions of a uniquely beloved artist.
The images and texts by Duane Michals assembled here are, like the artist himselfimpossible to categorize; perhaps there is no better way to organize them than alphabetically.Whether recalling encounters with many of the past centurys most illustrious artists (Balthus, Duchamp), celebrating literary heroes (Whitman, Joyce), addressing essential human concerns (Grief, Childrens Stories, Homosexuality, God), or revealing deeply personal snippets of life with a partner suffering from dementia (Fred Said)ABCDuane is a creative autobiography and the perfect primer for Michalss vastly influential body of workboth for those who have loved it for the past half-century, and those being delighted by it for the first time.