([New York]: Limited Editions Club, 1988). 560 x 450 mm. (22 x 17 3/4").  leaves.Introduction by Riva Castleman. No. 411 OF 550 COPIES.
Original full black Nigerian goatskin with gilt lettering on upper cover. In the publisher's (lightly soiled) black cloth clamshell box with morocco spine label. WITH 17 LITHOGRAPHS DESIGNED BY WILLEM DE KOONING. Final leaf with facsimile signature of de Kooning; with original LEC newsletter about the publication laid in. Binding with a couple of tiny dings (only noticeable upon close inspection), but a pristine copy internally, and the binding otherwise unworn.
This superb oversize production combines the talents of two 20th-century giants of the arts to produce one of the most striking of Limited Editions Club volumes. Poet Frank O'Hara (1926-66) was a member of the avant-garde artist community in New York City in the 50's and 60's and, in addition to poetry, wrote articles for "Art News." He also worked, most notably as an associate curator of painting and sculpture, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he organized exhibitions that included a 1958 retrospective of New American Painting. Among the artists represented in that exhibition was the painter Willem de Kooning, a notable abstract expressionist and a personal friend of O'Hara. Born in the Netherlands, De Kooning (1907-97) immigrated to the U.S. illegally as a stowaway in 1926. When O'Hara died in 1966 from injuries after being hit by a taxi, MOMA produced a retrospective of his work, called "In Memory of My Feelings," illustrated by 31 different artists. De Kooning submitted 17 drawings, but only three were used in the MOMA publication. Here the complete original suite of 17 drawings is first published in its entirety, accompanied by a selection of O'Hara's poems. The designs were transferred directly from the Mylar sheets to lithographic plates by Benjamin Shiff, and printed under his direction. The lithographs beautifully capture the tonal range, expressive lines, and immediacy of the drawings. (ST15816-07)
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