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GUS VAN SANT: ONE STEP BIG SHOT
Gus van Sant

Nazraeli Press, 2010
Hardcover
72 pages
52 b+w illustrations
ISBN: 9781590052877

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As a collection, these portraits - selected from the hundreds taken for casting those films - exemplify the artist Gus van Sant's considerable talents, and also provoke discussion about representation. The allure of a Van Sant portrait reaches beyond the inherent luminosity and ephemeral nature of an instant positive print. The expressive gesture by an aspiring actor, able to project an appealing gaze and posture, is even more engaging when the portrayal captures an imminent or character identity in the early stages of an actor's career.

These portraits are also, undeniably, documents that in time have become art. "One Step Big Shot" is published to coincide with the exhibition One Step Big Shot: Portraits by Andy Warhol and Gus Van Sant at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon. The book opens with an insightful essay by the Museum's curator of American and regional art, Lawrence Fong.

 

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