Other Rooms (signed edition)


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Other Rooms, the first publication to comprehensively feature Jo Ann Callis’s mid-1970s investigation of the nude body and sexuality, is a revelation; the work is provocative, seductive, and remarkably fresh. The artist’s playful, evocative use of constrictions and overlays on the human form, including twine, belts, tape, and other everyday materials are both humorous and fraught, offering an intensely personal assessment of the variable meanings of pleasure, eros, and the female nude as a staple of fine art photography. Callis has been an active artist since the 1960s, working in painting, sculpture, and photography, among other mediums, and is known for capturing complex and often opposing emotions in a single piece. Other Rooms is an exquisitely produced artist book containing Callis’s photographs of the human form from her 1976–77 provisionally titled series Early Color, as well as a selection of black-and-white photographs from the same period. In this intimate volume, Callis photographs her models nude, frequently in close proximity,  and in anonymous and mysterious settings, juxtaposing tactile props like honey, sand, and fabric with skin. The photographs in Other Rooms are at once beautiful and discomfiting, delicate and raw, mysterious and thoughtful, and confirm Callis’s important place in the history of 1970s color photography.

Jo Ann Callis (born in Cincinnati, 1940) began teaching at CalArts in 1976. Her  work has been widely exhibited in such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art, all in Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Gallery Min, Tokyo. In 2009 a retrospective of her work, Woman Twirling, was presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Callis has received three NEA Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other awards and prizes.

Francine Prose is a novelist and critic whose book, Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris, 1932 will be published by Harper in May. Her previous books include the novels My New American Life, GoldengroveA Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times best seller Reading Like A Writer: A Guide For People Who Love Books and For Those Who Want to Write Them.  She is a contributing editor at Harper’s and writes frequently for the NY Times Book Review and the NY Review of Books. She is a past president of PEN American Center and a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard College.  She lives in New York City.


Photographs by Jo Ann Callis
Essay by Francine Prose
8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches
80 pages
45 four-color and 10 duotone images
June 2014
Signed Copy

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