Asger Jorn - Luxury Paintings

By: Jorn, Asger & Lawrence Alloway

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Unpaginated pages; The wrappers are formed from an original color lithograph by the artist -- Asger Jorn [1914-1973]. An unworn copy, but the original lithograph covers show a faint stain in pale brown tones. Title page printed in black against a red mottled design printed on thick glazed paper. 26 illustrations of works by Jorn, with a catalogue including titles and sizes; full page portrait from a photograph of the artist. Text by Lawrence Alloway, concerning the new turn taken by Jorn's recent work -- the category: "Luxury Paintings" was conceived and named by Asger Jorn, himself. In 1961, the influential critic Lawrence Alloway moved to New York with his wife, realist painter Sylvia Sleigh. He was appointed senior curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 1961 until 1966. He chaired the jury awarding the 1964 Guggenheim Awards, which was to include a significant cash prize. It was announced that Asger Jorn had been selected for that year's award. One day after receiving the news of his selection, Jorn sent the following telegram to Harry F. Guggenheim: "GO TO HELL BASTARD—STOP—REFUSE PRIZE—STOP—NEVER ASKED FOR IT—STOP—AGAINST ALL DECENCY MIX ARTIST AGAINST HIS WILL IN YOUR PUBLICITY—STOP—I WANT PUBLIC CONFIRMATION NOT TO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN YOUR RIDICULOUS GAME." There is an ink inscription on the blank verso of the rear wrapper / original lithograph -- "P. Jeanneret / Daily Mail / Northcliffe House / EC4." [We do not know whether this is Pierre Jenneret, the noted Swiss-born architect, cousin of the man known as Le Corbusier. While it is hardly decisive information, we cannot resist pointing out that Asger Jorn joined Le Corbusier in working on the "Pavillon des Temps Nouveaux" at the 1937 Paris Exhibition, on which Pierre Jenneret also worked, before his split with his more famous cousin in 1940 over the Vichy government and the French Resistance]. A scarce and important catalogue; the exhibition was held in London between 30 May - 24 June 1961. See OCLC: 222226096 [six locations: NY Public Library; Getty; Art Gallery New South Wales; Courtauld Institute; Edinburgh Univ; V& A. The text was printed in London; the original lithograph, in Paris.

Title: Asger Jorn - Luxury Paintings

Author Name: Jorn, Asger & Lawrence Alloway

Categories: Art and Art History,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: London, Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd.: 1961

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Size: Square Small 4to

Seller ID: 37301

Keywords: Lawrence Alloway COBRA Situationist International Original lithograph