[ARTIST'S BOOK] -- [TIBER PRESS - ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM]. ASHBERY, John. The Poems. Prints by Joan MITCHELL. -- KOCH, Kenneth. Permanently. Prints by Alfred LESLIE. [with:] O'HARA, Frank. Odes. Prints by Michael GOLDBERG. -- SCHUYLER, James. Salute. Prints by Grace HARTIGAN. New York: Tiber Press, .
4 volumes, folio. Each volume with three full-page color silkscreen prints "hors texte", and additional silkscreens on the title pages and upper covers. With prospectus. Original cloth-backed illustrated boards with publisher's thick acetate dust-jackets, cloth slipcase (light wear).
LIMITED EDITION, number 119 of 200 COPIES, EACH SIGNED BY THE POET AND ARTIST on the limitation page on Hahnemule paper.
Tiber Press was founded in New York in 1953 by master printer Floriano Vecchi and Richard Miller; they specialized in dynamic screenprints by the leading Abstract Expressionist artists of the time. This project was the press's most ambitious: the text was hand set and printed in Walbaum-Antiqua type on handmade paper by Bruder Harmann in West Berlin; the flat sheets were brought back to Tiber Press where they were printed with the artists' works, which were drawn or painted directly onto silk screens solely for this publication.
A significant collaboration between four of the most influential American poets of the second half of the 20th century and four important second-generation New York School artists. Each of the collaborators lived in New York City; the press "left the choice of partners in this project to the individuals themselves, and, in collaborating, the poet and painter were acknowledging an awareness of some real relationship between their work" (prospectus).
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