Facing the Artist is full of wonderful portraits of America's favorite artists. The cast of characters is diverse: more than 80 visual and performing artists including Leonard Bernstein and Yoko Ono, Jasper Johns and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. The book offers readers the voyeuristic pleasure of studying the images of artists whose work is familiar but whose faces may not be. Many of the photographs in this book were taken before the artists acquired fame and fortune. Instead of glamorous shots, taken paparazzi-style for a quick sale to the tabloids, these are insightful portraits, offering an exclusive glimpse into the world of art celebrity from 1957 to the present. The result is a unique series of photographs which captures the essence of such well-known artists as Keith Haring. Jasper Johns and Yoko Ono. 85 pp. Prestel, 1999.
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