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RECOVERY: THE HOSPITAL DRAWINGS OF ALFONSO OSSORIO
(New York: Center for Book Arts, 1995). 18 3/8" x 18 1/4" hardcover with clamshell. n.p. First edition limited to 100 signed and numbered copies. Alfonso A. Ossorio (1916-1990) was an abstract expressionist artist who was born in Manila and produced a body of work that remained consistently international in scope. His early fascination with Surrealism gave way to Abstract Expressionism although he continued to be influenced by his native Philippine Catholic folk art as well as the modernist techniques of Informel and assemblage. Instead of completely abandoning one set of principles for another, he would continue to incorporate those features he most favored into his next series of compositions which resulted in complex and multifaceted works.In failing health, he was hospitalized from January 17 to February 8, 1989 and December 3 to 5, 1990. Given some markers and watercolor paper, he began a series of drawings that would become this striking collection of images. The publication was designed by Richard Minsky, with texts by Rose Slivka, Dr. Lewis Thomas and B.H. Friedman. Each print, mounted and matted on Stonehenge paper, was printed on Permalife paper and authenticated in the margin with the seal of the Ossorio Foundation. Letterpress printed at the Center for Book Arts.This volume is housed in a red cloth clamshell box.
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