San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2010. 10.8 x 9.8 in., Hardcover, 256 pages, 108 illustrations
FURTHERMORE is a major new book published to mark Fraenkel Gallery’s thirtieth year. With ninety-nine photographs by artists as wide-ranging as Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol, Robert Adams, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Sol LeWitt, Lee Friedlander, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Irving Penn, FURTHERMORE is an eye-opening expedition through the history of the medium. In the tradition of Fraenkel Gallery’s award-winning and sought-after anniversary publications from years past, FURTHERMORE also includes a trove of images by Photographers Unknown, all of which, according to the book’s introduction by Jeffrey Fraenkel, “fall squarely into the ‘we know them when we see them’ category.” Designed by Katy Homans, and printed with extraordinary fidelity by Meridian Printing, FURTHERMORE is a meditation on the inexplicable essence of the medium, and an essential new publication for anyone who cares seriously about art and photography.
Among the most remarkable photographs to be included in FURTHERMORE is Morton Schamberg’s 1918 Dada masterpiece, “God.” Believed to be the only print in existence, “God” is a study of a cast iron plumbing fixture mounted to a wooden base. Regarded as a sister piece to Marcel Duchamp’s infamous “Fountain” (a readymade of an upended urinal) from the same year, there is uncertainty about who first conceived of transforming plumbing into art. Schamberg died suddenly during the 1918 Philadelphia influenza epidemic, age 38. Item #13-1371