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In 1960, Tiber Press published an extraordinary set of artists' books, pairing New York School painters Joan Mitchell, Alfred Leslie, Michael Goldberg and Grace Hartigan with renowned poets John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara and James Schuyler. This publication is considered one of the most significant collaborations between artists and poets of the era.

 

Each volume consists of forty pages and contains five prints: one on the cover, one on the title page and three interspersed throughout the book. The prints were made directly on the screens by the artists, and the text was handset and printed by Brüder Hartmann in West Berlin on handmade Hahnemühle paper. The set was created in an edition of 200 numbered copies, signed by the poets and painters. All four volumes are jacketed in molded acetate and boxed together in a linen slipcase.

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Tiber Press, Limited Edition Four Volume Box Set

1960

Silksreen prints (3 per volume, plus cover and title page) and handset type, 40 pages each

7 1/2 x 14 in. each

$15,000

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Joan Mitchell

Cover, from The Poems by John Ashbery

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Joan Mitchell

Title page, from The Poems by John Ashbery

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Joan Mitchell

From The Poems by John Ashbery

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Joan Mitchell

From The Poems by John Ashbery

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Joan Mitchell

From The Poems by John Ashbery

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Tiber Press, Limited Edition Four Volume Box Set

1960

Silksreen prints (3 per volume, plus cover and title page) and handset type, 40 pages each

7 1/2 x 14 in. each

$15,000

Inquire

Alfred Leslie

Cover, from Permanently by Kenneth Koch

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Alfred Leslie

Title page, from Permanently by Kenneth Koch

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Alfred Leslie

From Permanently by Kenneth Koch

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Alfred Leslie

From Permanently by Kenneth Koch

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Alfred Leslie

From Permanently by Kenneth Koch

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Inquire

Tiber Press, Limited Edition Four Volume Box Set

1960

Silksreen prints (3 per volume, plus cover and title page) and handset type, 40 pages each

7 1/2 x 14 in. each

$15,000

Inquire

Michael Goldberg

Cover, from Odes by Frank O'Hara

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Michael Goldberg

Title page, from Odes by Frank O'Hara

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Michael Goldberg

From Odes by Frank O'Hara

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Michael Goldberg

From Odes by Frank O'Hara

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Michael Goldberg

From Odes by Frank O'Hara

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Tiber Press, Limited Edition Four Volume Box Set

1960

Silksreen prints (3 per volume, plus cover and title page) and handset type, 40 pages each

7 1/2 x 14 in. each

$15,000

Inquire

Grace Hartigan

Cover, from Salute by James Schuyler

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Grace Hartigan

Title page, from Salute by James Schuyler

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Grace Hartigan

On a Tar Roof

From Salute by James Schuyler

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Grace Hartigan

The So Called Angel

From Salute by James Schuyler

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Grace Hartigan

Canal to the Sky

From Salute by James Schuyler

Silkscreen print

17 1/2 x 14 in.

Tiber Press Limited Edition Four Volume Boxed Set

Tiber Press, Limited Edition Four Volume Box Set (In Linen Slipcase)

1960

Silksreen prints (3 per volume, plus cover and title page) and handset type, 40 pages each

7 1/2 x 14 in. each

$15,000

Inquire
Tiber Press and the New York School

Joan Mitchell and John Ashbery

Photographed at Tiber Press by Walter Silver

Tiber Press and the New York School

Tiber Press was founded in 1953 by Floriano Vecchi, Richard Miller and Daisy Aldan to promote collaboration between poets and artists of the New York School. The Tiber Press New York School set is considered one of the key American artists' books. The artists and poets featured in this Set went on to become the giants in their field, representing a period of innovation, experimentation and collaboration.

 

In this series of four artists' books, the choice of partners between poets John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, Frank O'Hara and James Schuyler with second-generation Abstract Expressionists Joan Mitchell, Alfred Leslie, Michael Goldberg and Grace Hartigan was left to the artists and writers themselves. In doing so, each pair acknowledged a commonality in their work. For Joan Mitchell and Michael Goldberg, it was their first exercise in printmaking. For John Schuyler, it was his first collection of poems.

Exhibitions, Literature and Collections

Grace Hartigan, On a Tar Roof, from Salute by James Schuyler, 1960, silkscreen print, 17 1/2 x 14 in.

Exhibitions, Literature and Collections

Exhibitions (Other Examples):

New York, the Grolier Club, American Illustrated Books 1945-1965, 1993.

New York, the Museum of Modern Art, A Century of Artists Books, October 23 1994 - January 24, 1995.

San Francsico, the Legion of Honor Museum, Artists’ Books in the Modern Era, 1870–2000, 2001.

 

Literature (Other Examples):

Castleman, Riva. A Century of Artists Books, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994. p. 40. illus. p. 207. pl. 166 -167.

Johnson, Robert Flynn. Artists’ Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000, San Francisco: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francsico, 2001. no. 142.

Phillips, Elizabeth & Zwicker, Tony: The American Livre de Peintre, New York: The Grolier Club, 1993. no. 21

Kelly, Jerry. et al. The Best of Both Worlds: Finely Printed Livres d’Artistes 1910-2010, New York: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc., 2011, no. 38.

 

Editions of the Tiber Press series are represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Morgan Library and Museum, New York; Columbia University Library, New York; the Spencer Collection, New York Public Library; the Yale University Library, New Haven; the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge; the Toledo Museum of Art; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among others.

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