New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1987. Motherwell, Robert. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 750 (820 total), elephant folio size, unpaginated, signed by Octavio Paz and Robert Motherwell, fine book in a near fine box. Fine. Item #171031013
Octavio Paz (1914-1998), Mexican poet and diplomat, won many awards including the Miguel de Cervantez Prize, the Neustadt International Prize, and the Nobel Prize in Literature. Critic Ramón Xirau wrote "The poetry of Octavio Paz does not hesitate between language and silence; it leads into the realm of silence where true language lives." Paz's literary career helped define modern poetry and the Mexican personality (N. B. info from The Poetry Foundation).
Possessing perhaps the best and most extensive formal education of all the New York School painters, Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) was well versed in literature, philosophy and the European modernist traditions. His paintings, prints and collages feature simple shapes, bold color contrasts and a dynamic balance between restrained and boldly gestural brushstrokes. They reflect not only a dialogue with art history, philosophy and contemporary art, but also a sincere and considered engagement with autobiographical content, contemporary events and the essential human conditions of life, death, oppression and revolution (N. B. info from The Art Story).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in natural linen with pictorial pastedown of red and black, twenty-seven original lithographs printed at Trestle Editions on various hand-made Japanese papers with tissue guards, Spanish text in red and English in black; hand-set Bauer Bodoni Bold and Italic type, printed on mould-made paper from Cartiere Enrico Magnani; first poem was printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress, second poem has been printed at Stamperia Valdonega, and the last poem at Heritage Printers; elephant folio (approximately 21.75" tall), unpaginated; limited edition, this number 351 of 750 (an additional 70 copies were issued in various formats, unbound), signed by Artist Robert Motherwell and Poet Octavio Paz. Protected in a clamshell box bound in the same natural linen with black lettering on spine.
___CONDITION: Volume is fine; clean, bright, as new. The clamshell box is overall fine, with professional repairs done to a small tear (approximately 0.75") on the lower left corner, the lower right corner of the box bumped, a few other extremely small areas of bumping for so large and heavy an item.
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