ROBERT HEINECKEN | 'RECTO/VERSO'
(Berkeley: Landweber/Artists, 1989, a total edition of 60), a portfolio of 12 Cibachrome prints, each signed, titled, dated, editioned '6/50,' and numbered sequentially in pencil on the reverse, matted as issued and framed, with text on vellum interleaving, numbered sequentially, 1988; together with letterpress title/plate list/colophon, editioned '6/50' in pencil; accompanied by Are You Rea (Los Angeles: Self-published, 1968), a portfolio of 25 lithographs; together with the colophon, signed and editioned '406/500' in ink, and preface by Alex Sweetman. Folio, white-and-red-lettered black linen portfolio
Various sizes to 10¾ by 9 in. (27.3 by 22.9 cm.) or the reverse
Recto/Verso: The Cibachrome prints are in generally excellent condition. The colors are rich and saturated, with no apparent fading. Some prints have very light fingerprints in the margins and there are a few hairline scratches visible only in raking light.
Specific condition notes are as follows:
- Plate 4: There is a tiny area of emulsion loss at the right edge of the image.
- Plate 7: There is minor soiling in the lower margin.
- Plate 9: There is minor soiling in the lower margin.
Are You Rea: The lithographs are in generally excellent condition. There is occasional soiling on the reverse and along the margins.
The linen portfolio case is slightly soiled and its fabric exterior shows some minor wear.
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Robert Heinecken, Recto/Verso (Portland, 2006) (the complete set reproduced)
This portfolio, containing Recto/Verso (1989) and Are You Rea (1968), encapsulates Heinecken’s masterful approach to manipulating advertising imagery. Each print was made by contact printing the two sides of a magazine page over one another to create a kaleidoscopic image permeated by female body parts, cosmetic products, fashion logos, and blocks of text. The resulting photographs superimpose these streams of information to create a visually forceful social commentary on the superficial underpinnings of media culture.