New York: Second Half Publishing Co., Spring 1958–Spring 1960 & Autumn 1965. Profusely illustrated (part color). Original paper covers. Approximately 29 x 24 cm. One of the relatively few publications of any kind with direct contributions from Abstract Expressionist and New York School artists, including Guston, both de Koonings, Reinhardt, Krasner, Kline, Hofmann, Motherwell, Tworkov, and dozens of others. Contains panel discussions, artists' statements, and a wealth of reproductions. Number 6, published after a 5-year hiatus, is devoted to the Waldorf Panels 1 & 2 on Sculpture, held February and March 1965 at the Fifth Avenue hotel. The scarce issue No. 1 would be fine but for what appear to be intermittent, irregular stripes of thin, clear varnish on both covers; these are visible only in glancing light. No. 2 (Autumn 1958) and no. 3 (Winter/Spring 1958/59) are both fine. No. 4 (Autumn 1959) with a 4-page piece by John Cage; fine, except for a 3-inch crease at the edge of the front cover, where it overlaps the slightly narrower text block. No. 5 is very good, with a shallow bump at the upper front corner and a much smaller one at the lower corner. Laid in is a letter-size sheet of Eaton's Corrasable Bond, folded in half vertically, and bearing p. 3 of a typescript for Philip Pavia's essay "Advice for Future Polemicists." The essay, on "Hilton Kramer's Non-Art Criticism," appears on pp. 82-84 of this issue. Diagonal arrows that are printed in the final versio are pencilled in on the typescript. No. 6 (Autumn 1965; 27 x 23 cm) is very good, with all 12 triple-panel gatefolds present and properly folded; the binding is solid and slightly cocked at the top; the rear pages are slightly rippled in the there is silverfish damage at the edges of several pages (one page heavily) not affecting the text of illustrations; and there is some minor underlining in the text. All pictorial covers are very brignt. This is a different set than my item no/ 74784, af $700. The scans are all of these individual copies. Arntzen/Rainwater Q193.
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