An Irish Airman Foresees His Death. Barry. William Butler Yeats McCallion.

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death.

East Hampton, NY: 2019. Artist's book, unique, on White, cream, gray and black Rives BFK papers, signed by the artist, Barry McCallion, on the colophon. Page size: 11 x 7-1/4 inches; 40pp. Bound by Joelle Webber: the 10 folios sewn into tan cloth over boards binding, white paper label inset on spine with title stenciled in black letters; front panel with WWI model airplane collaged against white cloud (thick acrylic) on black paper. The artist has used the colored Rives in a light to dark succession, ending with the black pages. The poem has been presented twice; no pages repeated. The text is from cut and pasted letters from newspapers, each page with red and green borders running across top and bottom. The first iteration of the verse has WWI airplanes applied to the pages soaring above the text or diving below it, on painted grounds of red, yellow, and blue. The second iteration of the text features cutout pages so that the reader / viewer sees a portion of the previous and subsequent pages, often glimpsing a portion of an aircraft. The pages catch the soaring effect of Yeats' verse as well as the randomness of death. Yeats' poem is as much an anti-war elegy as a protest against English control of Ireland (Kiltartan's poor). It was occasioned by the death of his friend, Major Robert Gregory who was the son of Yeats' patron, Lady Gregory. Item #11494

Price: $5,500.00