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Bears Hardcover – April 1, 2007

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"Delightfully absurd..."
-Steven Heller, The New York Times


If Hannibal Lecter, Martin Margiela and a blind speed freak had a three-way in a Build-A-Bear workshop, these creatures would be their mutant offspring.
-Sarah Verdone, Paper Magazine


"Though the subjects of these portraits...aren't human, they seem to exude as much personality and feeling as any living, breathing thing."
Jen Trolio, Readymade Magazine


Rife with nostalgia and allusions to consumerism, childhood and sentimentality, among other heady topics, Bears... becomes a meditation on its subject.
-Ami Kealoha, Cool Hunting


"Part scientist, part sorcerer, Rogowski re-animates the bears as haunting reminders of childhood's complexities."
-Blyth Sheldon, V Magazine

About the Author

Kent Rogowski received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is now a critic. He also teaches photography at The Pratt Institute. His first monograph, Bears, was published by powerHouse books in 2007. He has had solo shows in New York at both the Foley Gallery and the Jen Bekman Gallery. His first European solo show opened at the In Focus Gallery in Cologne, Germany in 2009.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books; First Edition, First Printing edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576873730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576873731
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kent Rogowski received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is now a critic. He also teaches photography at The Pratt Institute. His first monograph, Bears, was published by powerHouse books in 2007. He has had solo shows in New York at both the Foley Gallery and the Jen Bekman Gallery. His first European solo show opened at the In Focus Gallery in Cologne, Germany in 2009.

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I really enjoyed this book. It's artistic and slightly disturbing.

My favorite images are the ones with electronic boxes and air bladders still attached to them.

My only gripe is I wish that there had been an index or captions identifying what the bear was before being flipped inside out.
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I have to say I love this book! I was skeptical at first, but so glad I decided to buy it. The portraits are startlingly beautiful. Definitely worth having.
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I purchased this book as an impulse buy because I saw a posting on [...] giving it rave reviews.

I liked the pictures in this book, and consider the idea of turning a teddy bear inside out to be quite novel. However, I noticed that there were no "before/after" pictures, as in I couldn't see what the original bears looked like!
I could have sworn one of the alleged bears was Elmo from Sesame Street, but I cannot verify this!

I like this book because it's a nice conversation starter. I can leave this book out, and at a party or something, two people can pick it up, look through it, talking about which bear is their favorite, and then bam, a conversation has been started. Other than that, I'd recommend trying to find this book at a public library.
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Not a book for those too attached to the toy bear, the traditional cuddly toy is shown to have a different side by turning them inside out ..... Amazingly the resultant creatures evoke more feelings than the original bears , this time sympathising with the items themselves and their conditions rather than playing with the more traditional sugary sentiments we lavish, unrealistically, on them.
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