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Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz: Travelers Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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"The photographer duo of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz works in a territory trod by David Levinthal, Paolo Ventura and others but with a twist: all their tiny figurines occupy wintry landscapes inside snow globes. The tiny figures are mysterious; their facial expressions are too miniscule or blank to read. The scenes Martin and Muñoz create here alternate between whimsy and menace." -- Holly Stuart Hughes --Photo District News

"The artists have gutted the innocence of snow globes and childlike panoramas and reinvented them as portals to dark fantasies, like dream of fairytale settings gone dangerously awry." -- Milton Fletcher --NY Arts Magazine

"Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz explore the human condition through an unsettling slippage of reality and fantasy. Paradoxes abound and so the works leave an ample space for interpretation in our minds to complete them. Travelers has a rich texture of ideas, references, memories and dreams, but ultimately it is the suspension of disbelief that is the key to their reception and meaning -- the odd experience of an everyday household object revealing itself as something more surreal totally stumps our expectations. This wonderful synthesis of the familiar and the strange is the linchpin of their work." -- Tim Clark --Next Level

"Plenty of artists play with kitsch in subversive ways, but few do it as cleverly and irresistibly as Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz." -- Stephen Wallis --Departures

"At first glance the work is playful. But a closer look reveals dark narratives of discomfort: within weird alternate worlds of glass globes, grey-suited Madison Avenue types pull off their heads and are pursued by giant spiders. Well-dressed bodies hang pendant as dewdrops from icy branches, while armies of children stare blankly at each other and a miniature soldier points threateningly. The book reflects a dark humor that touches on our anxieties about global warming and the financial crisis blowing through the country this winter." --The Coastal Traveler

About the Author

Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz have been professional and personal partners since 1993. Their work is in several museum collections, including Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and La Caixa in Barcelona, Spain. In 2003, their bronze sculptural work was included in MetroSpective at City Hall Park, sponsored by the Public Art Fund. Their Travelers light-boxes were on display in Grand Central Terminal and will also be installed at the Wilshire/Normandie Metro Rail Station in Los Angeles. They are represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York. They live in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, and maintain a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz have been professional and personal partners since 1993. Their work is in several museum collections, including Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and La Caixa in Barcelona, Spain. In 2003, their bronze sculptural work was included in MetroSpective at City Hall Park, sponsored by the Public Art Fund. Their Travelers light-boxes were on display in Grand Central Terminal and will also be installed at the Wilshire/Normandie Metro Rail Station in Los Angeles. They are represented by P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York. They live in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania, and maintain a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Jonathan Lethem is the author of the novels Gun, with Occasional Music, Amnesia Moon, As She Climbed Across the Table, and Girl in Landscape. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; First Printing edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597110736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597110730
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,163,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been intrigued and captivated by the work of these artists for several years now. Their compositions are singularly unique -- unlike anything else. The images combine grand mystery and grand humor, but it is the viewer who is left to interpret what they say about the human condition. Wonderful!
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I saw this book at the SFMOMA bookstore, along with Little "People in the City: The Street Art of Slinkachu." I do feel a tad guilty about turning to amazon.com to purchase these books and not supporting the MOMA directly; I'm also curious if this effects the percentage the authors receive? That aside, I give top marks to amazon for offering these books as a pair, eerily intuitive folks! The books themselves are of excellent quality, the photos are beautiful. I shared these books with a number of people who all got a hearty laugh out of this style of miniature art. They arrived in good order as promised, thanks amazon!
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For a company that prides itself on photography printing -- this is appalling -- the work in person is crisp and fresh, absolutely magical and crystalline in clarity. This book is a muddled attempt at best -- any photographer worth his/her salt could have used a good macro lens and done better than this. Really not an endorsement for the publisher! There's a reason it's on sale. Should be free.
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Simply said. This is a Must Have for any Art Aficionados out there!! Brilliant idea shared by a couple of ingenuitive artiste Extraordinaires!!
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