Aperture No. 101 (Winter 1985) with: Ephemera. Richard Avedon, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tom Sachs, Robert Walker, Mike Weaver.
Aperture No. 101 (Winter 1985) with: Ephemera

Aperture No. 101 (Winter 1985) with: Ephemera

ISBN: 0893811831
New York, NY: Aperture/ Silver Mountain Foundation, Inc., 1985. First Printing. Sewn Wrappers. This vintage number of the venerable, highbrow fine photography magazine features William S. Burroughs' short essay-introduction to a portfolio of images by Robert Walker entitled "Robert Walker's Spliced New York". This little gem of a piece is an expression of the broader ideas on photography as practiced by WSB himself, an elucidation of concepts that are similar to his audio-visual experiments, collages & cut-up writings. As he writes, "So let us take a walk through these photographs, and each one will experience a different point of intersection." (pg. 66) Our appreciation & comprehension of Walker's vivid images that follow (pgs. 67-71) are greatly enriched by WSB's insights & observations. Shoaf, Section III, No. 344, pg. 157; Schottlaender, C552, pg. 80. Also in this issue is an interview with Allen Ginsberg conducted by Mark Holborn, accompanied by several of Ginsberg's now-iconic captioned photographs that include images of WSB, Paul Bowles, Gregory Corso (together in Tangier, 1961), Richard Avedon, Jack Kerouac, Neal & Carolyn Cassady, Robert Frank et al. (pgs. 8-15; Morgan, D35, pg. 292); an article by Holburn on Richard Avedon's Western USA portraits with some of those images; another by Mike Weaver on Robert Mapplethorpe's "Human Geometry" with many of Mapplethorpe's sensationally provocative images; & much more. From the collection of Brian Schottlaender, author of "Anything But Routine," the most complete & up-to-date WSB bibliography now in its fourth ever-expanding online edition. We always consult our good friend Brian's ABR for all our WSB-related rarities. Loosely included as we found it between pgs. 14-15 in this issue is a slick sheet of photographic paper (appx. 8&1/2" x 11") with a color image of an artwork on recto, & an identification sticker affixed to otherwise blank (except for faint repeated "Epson" logo) verso. The artwork is described as Tom Sachs' "Chanel Surfboard" (a Duchampian found object or facsimile thereof?) dated 2000, exhibited at the Mary Boone Gallery in NYC. Large magazine in wrappers with sewn binding & glossy pages, a beautiful & exemplary Aperture production. A most significant issue in this highly collectible series, rarely relating to two Founding Fathers of the Beat Generation & Beyond, with the distinguished provenance & interesting ephemera of our art-loving colleague. In near-fine condition with light rubbing, scratching & short, faint creasing to front, back covers & spine; mild browning-sunning mostly to blank margins & edges of covers & esp. spine; very light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; a touch of rubbing to edges of text block. Interior fine with light browning-sunning mostly to blank upper, side edges of page leaves (with no effect on bold images or text); small, faint creases & tiny bumps at mostly lower corners of some of same. Ephemera fine with one faint horizontal crease across blank upper margin not effecting image; a few tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners. Near Fine. [Item #4611]

Price: $75.00