ASHBERY, John, et alThe Poems by John Ashbery. Prints by Joan Mitchell [with:] Permanently by Kenneth Koch. Prints by Alfred Leslie [with:] Odes... Joan Mitchell. N.Y. Tiber Press, (1960). First edition. One of 200 numbered copies signed by the authors and the artists from a total edition of 225 (the 25 contributors’ copies were not signed). Each volume includes five original color prints on ivory wove handmade Hahnemühle paper made directly on the screens by the individual artists. “Abstract expressionist artists . . . were not particularly involved with printmaking or encouraged to create artists’ books. . . . Another significant and undervalued exception . . . are four oversize books by the New York School of poets, each paired with large, colorful screen-prints by four second-generation abstract expressionist artists. . . . Each bound volume in the untitled boxed set contains five screen-prints, including the title page and covers. This is Hartigan’s only book illustrated with original prints.” “These four volumes – The Poems, Permanently, Salute, and Odes – were a collaboration between four leading artists of the second-generation of abstract expressionist painters and four of their poet friends of the New York School. The screen print medium that was chosen was the perfect vehicle to convey painterly gesture and saturated color. Along with 21 Etchings and Poems (1960) published by the...(more)
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