Portfolio consisting of 15 screenprints in colour by R.B.Kitaj. Printed by Kelpra Studio and published by Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, the silkscreens are signed and numbered 14/70 mainly in pencil but three are in white chalk. The prints are on various handmade papers, included in the set is a book is a photograph of Kitaj and Williams, a textured sheet with four printed and laminated information attachments . The set also contains a book entitled “Mahler” by Jonathan Williams is signed and numbered by author is 44 pages long and includes poems which are, in the author’s words, ‘exercises in spontaneous composition to the movements of all the Mahler symphonies’. Each poem refers to a particular symphony. Reproduced on the cover of the book is a drawing of Jonathan Williams by R B Kitaj. Included in the set is a photograph of Kitaj and Williams taken at Biggar, Lanarkshire, during a visit to Hugh McDiarmid in 1965 which is laid on a textured sheet. In the portfolio made by F. & J. Randall, London.Five of the signed prints are framed.
Sizes Vary but 84.5 x 58.5cm (max) (33 x23 inches)
The series are of an edition of 70 to include a book of poems by Jonathan Williams printed by Tillotsons (Bolton) Ltd England and published by Jonathan Williams and Marlborough Fine Art Ltd in 1966, with the first 30 sets numbered and signed by the author, the remainder marked H.C. and signed by the author.
Mahler Becomes Politics, Beisbol, 1964-7; a portfolio consisting of 15 screenprints in colour, printed by Kelpra Studio and published by Marlborough Fine Art Ltd. Each are signed and numbered 14/70 mostly in pencil and three in white chalk, on various handmade papers. Their sizes range from 50-80cm x 50-80cm
Various fragments of text placed within a window-like framework, an open window within the image, from the portfolio ‘Mahler Becomes Politics, Beisbol’, set of fifteen prints, one title page, one frontispiece, based on the music of Gustav Mahler, contained within a yellow case made by F & J Randall, London; This portfolio consists of prints numbered 14/70 and includes the signed and numbered Jonathan Williams “Mahler” book. The book, 44 pages long, includes poems which are, in the author’s words, ‘exercises in spontaneous composition to the movements of all the Mahler symphonies’. Each poem refers to a particular symphony. Reproduced on the cover of the book is a drawing of Jonathan Williams by R B Kitaj. The portfolio case was made by F. & J. Randall, London. The photograph is of R B Kitaj and Jonathan Williams, taken at Biggar, Lanarkshire, during a visit to Hugh McDiarmid in 1965. The titles are: ‘What is a comparison?’; ‘Republic of the Southern Cross’; The Gay Science’’ ‘Hellebore for Georg Trakl’; His Every Poor, Defeated, loser’s Hopeless Move, Loser, Buried (Ed Dorn)’; Go And get Killed Comrade-We Need a Byron In The Movement’; ‘The Cultural Value of Fear And Hypochondria’; Let Us Call it Arden/& live in it’; ‘Heart’; I’ve Balled Every Waitress In This Club’; ‘In His Forthcoming Book on Relative Deprivation (Loneliness)’; ‘Glue-Words’; ‘For Fear’; ‘Nerves, Massage, Defeat, heart’; The Flood of Laymen’
Suite orginally housed in a cream cloth and grey card slip-cover tied with grey ribbon with green felt-lined inside flaps, inside which is an orange leather-bound portfolio box with grey paper lining. On box ‘KITAJ MAHLER WILLIAMS’ in black on spine and on the front within a square border in black ‘MAHLER / BECOMES / POLITICS / [dashed line in red] / BEISBOL’.
Dims. of box: 90.5 x 65 x 4cm. The slip-cover a little worn and rubbed,
Five of the plates are framed, these can be unframed and returned to the folder.