Willem de Kooning, ‘"Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" by John Ashbery’, 1984, Arion Press
Willem de Kooning, ‘"Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" by John Ashbery’, 1984, Arion Press
Willem de Kooning, ‘"Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" by John Ashbery’, 1984, Arion Press
Willem de Kooning, ‘"Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" by John Ashbery’, 1984, Arion Press
Willem de Kooning, ‘"Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" by John Ashbery’, 1984, Arion Press
Willem de Kooning, ‘"Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" by John Ashbery’, 1984, Arion Press

An early artists' book from Arion Press is now available on consignment.

Published originally in an edition of 150 in 1984, "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" was an important book in the history of Arion Press in that it marks the first collaboration with poetry critic Helen Vendler. The whole is comprised of 40 unbound leaves in a metal cannister, the poem being interleaved with prints in various mediums by Richard Avedon, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Jane Freilicher, Alex Katz, R.B. Kitaj, and Larry Rivers. Ashbery, who died in 2017, is revered as one of the great poets of the late 20th Century. In 2013, Helen Vendler wrote an article about this project for The Harvard Magazine: https://harvardmagazine.com/2013/09/a-nearly-perfect-book

Publisher: Arion Press

About Willem de Kooning

A first-generation Abstract Expressionist, Willem de Kooning is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. In 1950s New York, when painters like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline were moving away from representational imagery toward pure abstraction, de Kooning maintained a commitment to the figurative tradition, developing a signature style that fused vivid color and aggressive paint handling with deconstructed images of the female form—a then-controversial body of works that has become known as his “Women” paintings. “Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented,” he famously said. Influenced by Arshile Gorky and Pablo Picasso, de Kooning was often thought to have blended Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in his signature style, paving the way for generations of gestural figurative painters like Cecily Brown. Following his “Women” series, de Kooning pursued non-objective lyrical abstraction until his death in 1997.

Dutch, American, 1904-1997, Rotterdam, Netherlands, based in New York and East Hampton, New York