Two different copies of the fourth issue of C: A Volume of Poetry, Vol. 1 No. 4, infamous for their covers by Andy Warhol - probably his first silkscreens from a polaroid, portraits of Edwin Denby and Gerard Malanga.
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.
The first copy is the nicest impression we’ve seen, and we suspect that it is one of the earliest impressions of the screenprint; the last is certainly the worst we’ve ever seen, in stark contrast and twisted detail, yet somehow our favorite.
From today’s new arrivals at Division Leap. More details here and here.