Jazz Legends. Paul. Armstrong Maurer, Louis.

Jazz Legends.

Serafina, NM: 2018. Artist's book, one in a series of two, all on Strathmore "Printmaking" paper for the text and Stonehenge paper for the black titlepage, signed by the artist, Paul Maurer, and hand-numbered in pencil on the colophon. Page size: 12 x 8 inches; 12pp. Bound by the artist: leporello style with front cover in gold Fabriano "Cocktail Paper" and hinges of Thailand Kozo decorated with ink splatters; housed in protective envelope of black printed and collaged Srathmore cover stock, interior grey and white pastepaper, inside is a brown protective cover with collage of remnants of damaged flags found in 1996, inside panel collaged with damaged flags and the text of emotionally wrenching Civil War dirge by Walt Whitman, "Come Up from the Fields..." The Whitman poems included are "This Dust Was Once the Man...", When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd...", "Quicksand Years", Long, too long, America". The Dickinson poems included are "The Battlefield" and "The Forgotten Grave." The images included are pulled from 100-year-old metal plates printed on a Blick tabletop etching press. The artist has embellished some of the etchings using acrylic ink and paint. He has also used metal Dingbat stamping as well as Peerless watercolor sponge painting on the pages. The calligraphy is accomplished in Sharpie markers and Speedball metal pens, mostly blue with red highlights and black headers. The art and text convey the chaos and destruction of the American Civil War. The words of Whitman and Dickinson are highlighted and the reader / viewer somehow overcomes a profound sadness and is reconciled with the loss. Item #11430

Price: $2,500.00

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