Nude: Kevin Killian and Ugo Rondinone. Artist Monograph Near Fine, RARE

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Kevin Killian and Ugo. ND, Circa 2012 
English Language, Near Fine, RARE, 4to, 12" x 9 3/4"

Light gray paper wrappers with black lettering on spine. Facsimile illustrated poems on front and back. Covers have slightly bumped tips, minuscule age toning, and a bump at bottom edge on front and back, else clean and intact, binding tight. Pages have a small bump at bottom of text block (affects all pages) and slightly bumped tips, else pristine and intact. Replete with printed color photographs. Also includes small facsimile illustrations that accompany the poems. RARE in the trade. Unpaginated, c. 76 pp., including illustrations. A unique book with facsimiles of illustrated poetry by Kevin Killian and printed photographs of nude sculptures by Ugo Rondinone. The pages of poetry are interspersed with color photos of Rondinone's despondent-looking figures. Kevin Killian (1952-2019) was an American poet, author, playwright, and editor who specialized in LGBTQ+ literature. Killian founded the poetry and performance group, Poets Theater, in San Francisco and was a prominent figure of the San Francisco's New Narrative movement. Ugo Rondinone (b. 1964) is an Italian-Swiss artist. He is perhaps best-known for his abstract totemic sculptures but is also widely recognized for his multidisciplinary approach to his work. He has used various media such as bronze, lead, wax, wood, ink, paint, stone, and soil in his art and has worked in different art disciplines including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital (video and sound) installation, and architecture.