Celebrating the book as art object at Frieze Masters
Shapero Rare Books is delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at Frieze Masters in London this October. One of the few dealers selected specializing in rare books and works on paper, a special focus on their stand will be Livre d'artiste by famous names including Matisse, Lichtenstein, Braque, Chagall, Picasso and Warhol, exploring the boundaries of what a book is and can be.
- MATISSE, Henri. Jazz. Publication: Tériade, Paris, 1947. The complete book, one of 250 copies, with Matisse’s autograph text lithographed throughout, and 20 stencilled colour plates. £400,000
A masterpiece of book illustration, Jazz is the only publication of which Matisse was both author and illustrator, characterised by brilliant colours, poetic texts and joyful circus and theatre themes. The works represent the great artist’s lifelong unflagging creativity and their presentation at Frieze Masters coincides with a Royal Academy exhibition - Matisse in the Studio - offering a rare glimpse into the artist’s personal collection, as well as the paintings, sculptures and drawings it inspired.
Limited in his mobility at the age of 74, Matisse could not paint or sculpt. Instead, he cut out forms from coloured papers that he arranged as collages. In 1947, Matisse’s publisher Tériade issued the prints in an artist’s portfolio that included 20 colour prints with handwritten texts by Matisse expressing his thoughts as he created the images. Tériade came up with the title Jazz, which Matisse liked because it suggested a connection between art and musical improvisation.
- WARHOL, Andy. A la Recherche du Shoe Perdu.
18 hand-coloured offset lithographs with captions, New York,1955. £200,000 for set
Andy Warhol had a successful career as a commercial illustrator before he was known as an artist. Between 1955 and 1957, Warhol was the sole illustrator for shoe manufacturer I. Miller and made new drawings of shoes each week for advertisements in the New York Times. À la recherche du shoe perdu celebrates the central role shoes played in his early career and imagination. The captions, with their distinctive cursive lettering, were transcribed by Warhol's mother, Julia Warhola. The lithographs were privately printed in New York and the sheets then hand-coloured using Dr. Martin's aniline watercolor dye by Warhol and his friends at his 'colouring parties. This delightful portfolio is rare as not all surviving portfolios have a complete set of all the plates, and many do not include the larger boot plate.