Beverley Hills, California: Gagosian Gallery, 2002. Limited Edition. Large format hardcover in plexiglas case : 48pp unpaginated : 14 full colour limited edition plates and 15 b&w full bleed plates : Essay by Katherine Dunn : biographical details of the collaborating artists. Signed and numbered on the FFEP by Saville "C 4/25" : flesh coloured paper covered boards lettered in black : no dust wrapeer as issued : IN THE SCARCE PLEXIGLAS CASE.
Fine except for a 2mm mark on the top right corner of the top cover. Near fine. Item #1456
Closed Contact (1995–96) was a collaboration between painter Jenny Saville and fashion photographer/filmmaker Glen Luchford that resulted in an intensely striking photographic series. In this body of work, the artists created a new form of self-portraiture, using Saville as the model. After observing operations of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, Saville was eager to express the violence and anesthetized pain of this experience in her own work. Luchford and Saville began an artistic collaboration that captures the full range of color, tonality, and topography of live flesh in large photographic tableaux.
"The images offer, not a story, but an experience that begins in visceral uneasiness and gradually shifts to a haunted serenity. The discomfort is complicated. It is triggered partly by our sense of the instantaneous monstrosity of a normal human transformed by the spreading of the shape beyond what we understood as normal."
—Katherine Dunn, from the exhibition catalogue.