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Continuous replay : the photographs of Arnie Zane
Zane, Arnie, 1948-1988.
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press ; Riverside, Calif. : UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, [1999]

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203 pages ; illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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"Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside, May 1999"--T.p. verso.
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introduction by Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane (1948-1988) is best known for his seventeen-year personal and artistic partnership with choreographer Bill T. Jones. Their creative interchange defined each other's artistic vision and led to one of the most celebrated collaborations in late-twentieth-century dance. The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company continues to bear Zane's name and to be inspired by his spirit.Continuous Replay, which is titled after a dance work of Zane's, is the first comprehensive presentation of his photography. Zane took up the camera in earnest in 1971, the year he and Jones met. His photography examines the body's physicality, sexual identity, and potential for beauty and decay. The design of the book and of its associated exhibition--which will travel widely within the United States--reflects Zane's aesthetic strategies and the dynamic interplay between his art and life, photography and dance, his collection of found images and his own photographs, and his self-portraits and images of others. The core of the book consists of six portfolios that present Zane's photographs side by side with his artwork, sketches, performance notes, snapshots of Bill and Arnie, and video stills and photos of the company in action. The portfolios are interpreted through writings by friends, dancers, curators, and historians from the worlds of photography, art, and dance.Essays by Jonathan Green, Susan Leigh Foster, and Christine Pichini commentary by Bill Bissell, Bill T. Jones, Robert Longo, Philip Sykas, and Lois Welk

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Library Journal Review

Since its inception, photography has had a love affair with dance. Continuous Replay is a carefully assembled survey of the photographic work of Arnie Zane, the late avant-garde choreographer and cofounder, with Bill T. Jones, of the American Dance Asylum and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Zane was a prolific and inventive photographer and incorporated this art into his choreography and performances until his death at the age of 39 in 1988. The book goes beyond the typical monograph and employs Zane's own choreographic techniques to engage the reader, including repeated, accumulating combinations of images and the juxtaposition of narrative text throughout. Zane's photographs are at once lovely, explicit, and challenging. Green, director of the UC-Riverside/California Museum of Photography, presents the imagesÄranging from frank nude studies of torsos to staged tableauxÄin the combinations Zane himself intended. Also included are essays about Zane and Jones's choreography. The result is an intriguing and important overview not only of Zane's photography but also of the contribution the Jones/Zane collaboration made to contemporary dance. Vital Grace, a collaboration between dancer/choreographer Cyrus and photographer Savio, is an exploration and celebration of black male dancers. The approximately 190 color photographs, mostly of dancers executing Cyrus's choreography along with some close-ups and portraits, are crisp, beautiful, energetic, and stylish. In their introductions, both Cyrus and Savio state a desire to capture the joy and individuality of the performers in a non-stereotypical way, and generally they succeed; the photographs literally leap off the page. Commentary by such dance artists as Geoffrey Holder, Gregory Hines, and Bill T. Jones further enhance this eloquent testimony to the vibrant presence of black men in modern American dance. Each of these books informs the other and would make a welcome addition to larger public libraries.ÄDebora Miller, Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.