Special Interest Item
unbound pages (unconventionally shaped, letterpress); 7 prints (offset lithograph, lithograph, wood block, etching, acquatint); record (33 rpm)
Larry Rivers (b.c.- print); Kitaj (b.c.- print); Alex Katz (b.c.- print); Jane Freilicher (b.c.- print); Jim Dine (b.c.- print); [Willem] de Kooning (b.c.- print); E. de K[ooning] (b.c.- print); Avedon(l.r.- print); John Ashbery (b.c.- foreword)
Avedon R --DeKooning W --Dine J --Freilicher J --Katz A --Rivers L --Kitaj R --DeKooning E
Artist Book (limited edition) --Conventional Poetry --Shaped Poetry --Documentation --Visual Art --Visual/Verbal
The lines of the poem form circular stokes of a wheel, the pages having a circular shape. The artistic images depict portraits, still lifes and abstract expressionism. Andrew Hoyem, the printer, signed the colophon. The theme of the poem is based upon the painting by Parmigianino, "Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror," 1523-1524. The artists’ prints: 1 photomechanical print by Richard Avedon (reproduction of photograph of Ashbery): continuous-tone offset lithograph at Magnolia Editions, Oakland, California, black and white, full-page; 2 prints by Elaine de Kooning and Jane Freilicher: lithographs, b&w, full-page, printed from stones at Hampton Editions Limited, Sag Harbor, New York; 1 print by Jim Dine: woodcut, black and white, full-page, printed at the Arion Press; 1 print by Alex Katz: lithograph, black and white, full-page, printed from a metal plate at Siena Studio, New York; 1 print by R.B. Kitaj: soft ground etching, aquatint tone, black and white, full-page, printed by Aldo Crommelynck, Paris; 1 photomechanical print by Larry Rivers: photogravure (reproduction of drawing), hand colored, full-page, printed at Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York. Each print numbered 141/175 and signed in pencil by the respective artist. The sound disc (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, mono. ; 12 in.) is enclosed in a square folded sleeve with title: “Self-portrait in a convex mirror : the poem read by the poet, John Ashbery.” The essay by Helen Vendler, "Reading and hearing John Ashbery's Self-portrait in a convex mirror," appears on page 2-4 of sleeve. The cover: Stainless-steel canister made by Atlas Metal Spinning, San Francisco, California.