Very Good. Item #10303
Irvine: University of California Fine Arts Gallery, 1976. First Edition. Oblong Quarto (21.5x28cm); unpaginated [20pp] in saddle-stapled format. Twenty reproductions of Curtis plates.
Photographic card cover. Expectable slight tanning to white covers and textblock, but virtually no soiling. This exhibit catalog, uncommon in retail, has always been carefully handled; pages unmarred and unmarked.
Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952), one of the most important photographers of the Native cultures of the American West as they survived into the late 19th century, was already consciously "antiquitarianizing" when he positioned his tripod. Still, the images are crucial evidence, informative and stirring—and in this particular Kwakiutl subset, the images veer into the gruesome because they enter the realm of the post-mortal and sacred.
This subset of Curtis's Kwakiutl plates constituted the collection of Randee and G. Ray Hawkins, presented in exhibition, of which this is the on-site catalog, at the University of California, Irvine in October of 1976, and at California State University in Chico in November of the same year.