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levy, d a
Aleatory Attempts at Moneymaking
Cleveland: Renegade Press, ca 1965. 18 x 12.5 cm text and image, most sheets folding, stapled in plain black wrappers measuring 21.5 x 14 cm. Comprising: typed title-page and 14 folded newspaper clippings, all but three with painted elements on the visible outer folds, and painted on the inner folded sides, varying sized sheets including Peanuts comics and news articles. In a green folding case with morocco title label. One of 4 stated copies of this scarce hand-painted, constructed, and bound edition by levy. The Cleveland-based poet, artist, publisher, provocateur, and cultural figure is often either misunderstood (a fact exacerbated by the heroi-tragic circumstances of his early death at 26 of suicide, or was it murder?) or entirely ignored. While recognized for his role in the mimeo revolution and as an underground poet and publisher, the major literature on artists books of the 20th century forgets levy. "Formal discussions of the book and museum exhibitions of the book arts," writes Joel Lipman, "generally exclude mention of his work and lack its inclusion. Art historically defined print-era movements - French livre d'artiste and the modernist movements of dada, surrealism, futurism, Russian supremacism and constructivism still dominate academic artist book discussions. levy's work reflects the traditions that preceded him." His exclusion from the book arts' canon says more about the canon than it does of his art, since his work demonstrates so clearly that it deserves a place along accepted works whose status in both academic and collecting circles is taken for grant … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Riverrun Books & Manuscripts [USA]

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