Oct 10, 2019 - Sale 2519

Sale 2519 - Lot 447

Price Realized: $ 6,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(ARION PRESS.) Ashbery, John; et al. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. 8 prints signed and numbered by the artists Richard Avedon, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jim Dine, Jane Freilicher, Alex Katz, R. B. Kitaj, and Larry Rivers; a 33 1/2 rpm recording of Ashbery reading the poem with a foreword and essay by Helen Vendler as liner notes, the album cover reproducing the 16th century painting by Parmigianino of the same title. All prints and 32 text pages printed on circular 18-inch (450 mm) sheets; laid into a stainless steel canister with a convex mirror on the lid. Created under the direction of Andrew Hoyem at the Arion Press. San Francisco, 1984

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number 129 of 175 copies signed by ashbery, hoyem, and each artist. The paper was specially made at Twinrocker Mill in Indiana and the text is handset in Cochin type in lines that radiate as spokes from a hub holding the page number, so that the pages must be turned to be read. The prints are in various media including offset lithography (Avedon), lithography (the de Koonings, Katz, and Freilicher), woodcut (Dine), soft ground etching with aquatint (Kitaj), and etching (Rivers). The artists created images that respond to the poem and the self-portrait by Parmigianino that inspired Ashbery.