C: A Journal of Poetry Vol. 1, No. 4. Andy Warhol, ed Ted Berrigan.
C: A Journal of Poetry Vol. 1, No. 4

C: A Journal of Poetry Vol. 1, No. 4

New York: Lorenz Gude, 1963. First edition. New York: Lorenz Gude, 1963. Folio, mimeographed and stapled into wraps silkscreened from a polaroid by Andy Warhol. With a written out a corrected line to Denby's poem The Silence at Night in Ted Berrigan's distinctive hand, as usual.

The fourth issue of the central periodical of the second generation of New York School poets, infamous for the wraps, the front and back of which are silkscreened from a polaroid portrait of Edwin Denby and Gerard Malanga by Warhol. The cover image shows Denby seated, with Malanga standing behind him; the rear wrap reproduces a subsequent photograph of Malanga kissing Denby. The circumstances of the creation of this issue are examined in minute detail in Wolf, who makes a case that this is the first known Warhol silkscreen from a polaroid.

Warhol was deeply fascinated by the downtown poetry scenes, and went to great lengths to insinuate himself among the poets. The serial nature of much of his later artwork was heavily influenced by the little poetry magazines coming out of New York City at that time, and this two part image, bracketing the mimeographed pages of this fourth issue of C, is the central artifact of that relationship.

Light foxing to the wraps and the text, and some light chipping along the spine, else near fine, and better than usually found. Item #26647

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