13. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery, with works by eight artists.
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery, with a new foreword to the poem by the poet, an essay on the poem by Helen Vendler printed as liner notes on the jacket of a record album of the poet reading the poem, whose cover has a full-scale color reproduction of the sixteenth-century painting by Parmigianino, "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror", and with original prints by Richard Avedon, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Jane Freilicher, Alex Katz, R. B. Kitaj, and Larry Rivers, 1984.
This most famous poem of one of America's most revered contemporary poets was set in this unusual manner by the typographer as a tribute to Ashbery that could be joined in by his artist-friends whose prints would be united by a circular format. The invited eight created images that respond to the poem and the self-portrait by Parmigianino that inspired Ashbery.
Format: 18-inch diameter, 40 leaves. The text is handset in Cochin in lines that radiate as spokes from a hub holding the page number, so that the pages are literally turned to be read. The prints are in various mediums, including lithography, etching, and woodcut. The paper was specially made in rounds at the Twinrocker Mill in Indiana. Contained in a stainless steel canister with a convex mirror on the lid. Edition of 150 copies, $2,500.00. Out of print.
NOTE: A limited number of copies are currently available of the long playing record album which originally accompanied the Arion Press edition. The LP features a rare 1975 recording of Ashbery reading the title poem, liner notes by Helen Vendler across three sides of the gatefold sleeve, a full-scale color reproduction of the sixteenth-century painting by Parmigianino, "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror", on the front cover, and a photographic portrait of the poet by Richard Avedon on the back cover, 1984. Original pressing, in as new condition: $250.00. Please contact us for purchasing information.
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