Pasadena: Twelvetrees Press, 1987. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's orange cloth, spine and upper board gilt, photo-illustrated endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"The images in Steven's work cover the broadest possible range, from the commonplace to the most arcane. You will find a teaspoon, you will find a skull. There are drag-queens and Gods, fishes and angels, nudes and fools; trivia mingles with idealism, esoterica with kitsch. He wants you to have a good time, he wants you to be transformed forever, he wants to trouble and amuse you, poke fun at you and put you in a sweat, he wants you to feel wonderful and we are all invited to the party he's giving in heaven" (from the afterword by novelist James Leo Herilhy). First edition of fantasy photo collection by underground multimedia artist, photographer, and filmmaker Steven Arnold. Although little-known at the apex of his creative output, Arnold has posthumously received critical attention and acclaim for his elaborate and theatrical work. From an early age, Arnold was intrigued by the art of transformation, playing dress up, building sets, and putting on puppet shows. His output, defined by camp aesthetics, Jungian archetypes, sexuality, excess, and artifice, depicts the alternative worlds that captivated him as a child. His work piqued the interest Salvador Dalí, who attended a screening of Arnold's short film Luminous Procuress at a Whitney exhibition. Dalí arranged a private screening, inviting New York's artworld elite, including Andy Warhol (who praised the film's genius). Dalí made Arnold his protégé, dubbing him "the prince of his Court of Miracles." This volume was published at the height of Arnold's popularity, in 1987, only one year before Arnold was diagnosed with AIDS. He succumbed to the illness seven years later in 1994. Since his passing, there has been renewed interest in his work, and several efforts to keep his art and memory alive, including the establishment of the Steven Arnold Museum and Archive in 2014. One of 3000 unnumbered copies. Original price-sticker of SoHo bookshop Rizolli to rear panel of unclipped dust jacket. Fine. Item #2026