Desire for Magic. Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008. Photographs by Patrick Nagatani. Edited by Michele M. Penhall. University of New Mexico Art Museum/University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 2010. 260 pp., illustrated throughout, 12x12". Images from photo-eye.
'Desire for Magic' was published to accompany the retrospective exhibition of the work of photographer Patrick Nagatani at the University of New Mexico Art Museum.
"The monograph includes seven critical essays in which each author addresses a specific campaign; a comprehensive bibliography and exhibition history; and previously unpublished texts significant to particular projects.
The essays were written by a diverse and distinguished group of scholars that includes Barbara Hitchcock, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Polaroid Corporation where Nagatani completed some of his first large scale Polaroid works, Dr. Marie Antonella Pelizzari, former Associate Curator of Photography at the Canadian Center for Architecture, and Dr. Kirsten Buick, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of New Mexico who presents a critique of Nagatani's Tape-estries, a series he began in the 1980s, but work that is rarely exhibited or discussed."