BURROUGHS, WILLIAM. 1914-1997; AND ROBERT Rauschenberg. 1925-2008. Original color lithograph, American Pewter with Burroughs 1, "The Sky is thin as paper here,"
Lot 193
BURROUGHS, WILLIAM. 1914-1997; AND ROBERT Rauschenberg. 1925-2008.
Original color lithograph, American Pewter with Burroughs 1, "The Sky is thin as paper here,"
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,500 - 2,300

Fine Books and Manuscripts

12 Jun 2018, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
BURROUGHS, WILLIAM. 1914-1997; AND ROBERT Rauschenberg. 1925-2008.
Original color lithograph, American Pewter with Burroughs 1, "The Sky is thin as paper here," Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, 1961, with the workshop number (Gemini 945) in pencil on verso, lithograph in colors with embossing, 800 x 595 mm, full sheet, deckle edges on four sides, signed and dated in pencil, numbered 9/34, some light discoloration and handling creases on lower and bottom sheet edges, some discoloration on the lower left of the sheet;
WITH: Burroughs file copy of a 1 p Typed Letter Signed to Sid [Felson], dated 222 Bowery, NYC, August 24 1981, apologizing for the delay in providing the enclosed [poem], with the 5 pp file copy of the typed poem "THE SKY IS THIN A3 PAPER HERE" (sic), dated August 23rd.
Provenance: William Burroughs; gifted to his New York artist friend, David Prentice.

A fine example of the collaboration of Rauschenberg, the artist, with Burroughs, the writer. It was all arranged by Sid Felson of Gemini, with Burroughs providing Rauschenberg with an inspirational poem or piece, from which he created six special prints which were published by Gemini G.E.L, Los Angeles, in a limited edition of 34 sets, in 1981. In this case the print offered was owned by Burroughs, and later given to his friend David, and comes with Burrough's own file copy of the letter and 5pp poem, that he sent to Sid Felson. Sid Felson founded Gemini G.E.L in 1966, one of Americas premier Graphic Studios, which handled some of the greatest artists of the times. This project came about because David Prentice knew Rauschenberg well, and he introduced Burroughs to Rauschenberg at Bob's house on Lafayette St, New York. Sid Felson made it all happen and Burroughs was apparently paid $50,000 for his contribution to the project. It is rare to find the moment of the interaction between an artist and his inspiration, but here we have Burroughs's poem inspiring Rauschenberg's art.
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