Near Fine. Item #9960
New York: Olympic Productions and Matthew Marks Gallery, 2014. First Edition. Large Folio (45x33cm). Item consists of seven bifold folio sheets on heavy white stock, inserted into each other, but not fastened or bound, to allow for reassembly. All sheets printed in color recto and verso, with eight of the surfaces devoted to life-size sections of the young man's body; other images—some 175+ of them—show the production process for creating the statue. The sheets are held within their original archival, printed, resealable, clear plastic sleeve.
Printed sleeve and printed "volume" are both impeccable, as new. This is not a remainder, but was the gift of Matthew Marks to Brenda Richardson, former director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, previous and sole owner.
The statue is solid stainless steel. (Take that, ye hollow, lightweight Riace Bronzes!) Ray is perhaps best known globally for the "Boy with Frog" that stood for years at the Punta della Dogana in Venice.
The sheets in this publication are designed so you can reassemble them into a life-size 5’10” naked friend: weighty (at nearly 1400 lbs.), chilly (stainless steel is not a good conductor), shiny (if matte is not your thing), and accessible only in two dimensions. I think I know this guy.