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The Artist Observed
Photographs by Sidney B. Felsen


Sidney Felsen founded Gemini G.E.L. (Graphics Editions Limited) in Los
Angeles in 1966 and soon after began to photograph the artists who came to
work in what has become America's premier graphics studio. The portraits in
the book are testament not only to Felsen's talents as a photographer, but
to the vitality of the relationships he developed with his subjects in the
environment of dynamic collaboration that he created at Gemini.

The spirit of Gemini is best captured by the word "collaboration." It's
about artists and printers working hand in hand to create works of art. This
same spirit prevails when I take photos. There's a trust extended by the
artists, allowing me to share so many special moments with them.

-Sidney Felsen

Artists from Bruce Nauman and architect Frank Gehry (who also designed the
Gemini Studios in 1979) to the American masters Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper
Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein became subjects for Felsen's camera when they
were at work and at play in the studio. David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly,
Claes Oldenburg, Elizabeth Murray, Vija Celmins, and a host of other artists
show their best sides in this collection of portraits that, taken together,
act as a portrait of Felsen and the world he created at Gemini.

The Artist Observed: Photographs by Sidney B. Felsen documents nearly forty
years of artists working in the most innovative and experimental printmaking
environment in the country. From its earliest days, a spirit of adventure
has predominated at Gemini, and the one hundred and twenty photographs that
make up this book capture that that spirit in style. The perfect complement
to the legacy of prints produced at Gemini over the years, many of the
photographs in The Artist Observed were exhibited in Best Impressions: 35
Years of Prints and Sculpture from Gemini G.E.L.
at the National Gallery of
Art in 2001-2002.

The Artist Observed: Photographs by Sidney B. Felsen, ISBN 0-944092-94-2, is
published by Twin Palms Publishers Twelve Trees Press and priced at $75.

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