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Jack Smith
'THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK'
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162
Jack Smith
'THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK'
Estimate
15,00025,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Photographs

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New York

Jack Smith
1928-2011
'THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK'
(New York: Dead Language Press, 1962, a projected edition of 200), a book illustrated with 19 photographs by Jack Smith and one portrait of Smith by Ken Jacobs, each mounted, 4to, stiff wrappers, black silkscreen with yellow lettering
Each photograph approximately 2 1/4  by 2 1/4  in. (5.7 by 5.7 cm.)
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Literature

Jack Smith, Jonas Mekas, Johan Kugelberg, Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool: Artwork, Ephemera and Photography by Jack Smith (New York: Boo-Hooray Gallery, 2013), p. 11

Catalogue Note

Photographs by Jack Smith, the experimental filmmaker, performance artist and queer cinema pioneer, are rare, as are copies of The Beautiful Book, the only autonomous publication created during his lifetime. It was projected to be an edition of 200 copies, although it is believed that far fewer were actually distributed.

The quality of the screenprinting and uneven appearance of the contact prints is a result of the collaborative nature of the construction of the book. Smith and his associates assembled the books during the late spring and early summer of 1962. The photographs were taken mainly in Smith's Lower East Side apartment and feature several Warhol 'Superstars': Francis Francine, Joel Markman, Mario Montez, and Arnold Rockwood. More than half of the images feature Marian Zazeela, who also designed the cover illustration. The final photograph of the sequence is a portrait of Jack Smith under the Brooklyn Bridge by filmmaker Ken Jacobs.

Photographs

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New York