Biotherm by Frank O'Hara

Jim Dine

Biotherm by Frank O'Hara


Artist's Book

22" x 15"


Arion Press

San Francisco, CA


$2,200 - $5,500

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Biotherm by Frank O'Hara, with an essay and glossary by Bill Berkson and 42 lithographic prints by Jim Dine, 1990.

"Biotherm" is the last long poem of Frank O'Hara, whose accidental death in 1966 at age forty deprived America of one of its most vital and innovative poets. The poet and critic Bill Berkson, to whom the poem is addressed, provided an essay and compiled a glossary to explicate the references in the poem and to recount the circumstances of its writing. The artist Jim Dine knew O'Hara and admired his work. Challenged by O'Hara's brilliant experimentation in "Biotherm", Dine's prints pay a vibrant homage to the poet and engage themes in the poem. Biotherm, a true livre d'artiste, is the sixth collaboration between Jim Dine and Andrew Hoyem.

Format: 22 by 15 inches, issued as unbound sheets in portfolio. The poem was set by hand in 22 point Spectrum. Over proofs of the poetry Dine drew inter-weaving images. Between the text pages are leaves with illustrations only. The images were printed by duotone offset lithography and the text overprinted by letterpress. The portfolio box is covered in red cloth. The essay and glossary, issued as a booklet 11 by 7-1/2 inches, is contained in a recessed pocket of the portfolio. The paper is English mouldmade T. H. Saunders Waterford, hot-press finish. The lithographic printing was by Phelps-Schaefer, Brisbane, California. Numbered and signed by the artist. Price: 2,750. 

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