58 ART LITHOGRAPHS in 1953 ARTISTS EQUITY MASQUERADE BALL Book w/ Antonio FRASCONI, Milton AVERY, Jack LEVINE, Gwen LUX, +++
IMPROVISATIONS 1953: ARTISTS EQUITY MASQUERADE BALL. Held at the HOTEL ASTOR on May 15, 1953. PROGRAM BOOK produced exclusively for the 1953 ARTISTS EQUITY MASQUERADE BALL. Published by the Artists Equity Association, New York, 1953. First Edition, LIMITED TO 2000 COPIES, this being copy #1311 as stated. Heavy stock paper covers, plastic spiral bound, 9x12 inches (23x30 cm), 10 pages of text and 58 ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS. Each of the 58 Lithographs is printed on its own leaf (i.e. blank backsides) on a variety of colored paper stock. Each artist's signature is on the lithographic plate (i.e. printed on the lithograph). There are also wonderful lithographs on both the front and back of the covers. The 58 lithographs are artistic print advertisements designed exclusively for this book by artists who were members of Artists Equity. The advertisers agreed to give the artists COMPLETE ARTISTIC FREEDOM in the DESIGN of the ads. Thus the lithographic ads are incredibly artistic, surrealistic, sexy, and wildly creative. Each is an art piece suitable for framing, imho. Artists who created the lithographs include Milton Avery, Fritz Eichenberg, Gladys Rockmore Davis, Jack Levine, Antonio Frasconi, Leo Lionni, Gwen Lux, Reginald Marsh, Sabina Teichman, Marcel Vertes, and Many Others. A note on a few of the artists: Marcel Vertes won Two Academy Awards for his design work on the 1952 film Moulin Rouge. He designed the front cover and two of the book's lithographs. All have a wonderful Moulin Rouge air about them. Gwen Lux was one of the first influential American Women Sculptors. She is considered to have opened the door for other American female sculptors. Leo Lionni is renowned as an author and illustrator of children's books. He lived and worked in Italy most of his life, but spent some years in New York as an Advertising Art Director, including the year 1953. GOOD condition. The covers have some edge wear, the front cover is lightly toned and has some light shorelining at its top edge near the spine, the rear cover has a 1/2 inch closed tear and associated creasing at the top edge. The bottom plastic spiral has broken off and the third spiral from the bottom has cracked/split, the covers and the first few leaves are torn at their bottom two spiral holes. The inner pages and lithographs are Very Nice, some light toning to the margins, a few corner creases, and a touch of edge wear here and there, overall the pages and lithos are Bright, Clean, Clear, Sharp and Unmarked. LOVELY. The Golden Age of Print Advertising, when Art, Imagination and Design mattered. RARE and LIMITED.