Lie, Sit, Stand, Be Still by Michael McClure
Portfolio with 24 Signed Lithographs by Robert Graham
Arion Press, 1995, Deluxe Limited Edition, 20 of 50
Signed by Michael McClure
Clamshell Box with Inset Bronze Bas Relief by Robert Graham
This is the deluxe limited edition of “Lie, Sit, Stand, Be Still” published by the Arion Press in 1995 with a limitation of 50 with this being number 20. From the publisher, "This long expressionistic poem was written by the Beat Generation poet Michael McClure in response to studies of female nudes by the celebrated sculptor Robert Graham. The drawings were made into a suite of lithographs, the most substantial body of graphic work to be covered by this important artist. The prints are interleaved with sheets bearing the poem and are presented in a portfolio box with the sculpture mounted on the lid.”
The portfolio measures 15” x 11” and contains 52 leaves comprised of the signed poem and signed lithographs. The types are Monotype Walbaum and handset Craw Clarendon Modern and the paper is English mouldmade Somerset Satin. The lithographs were printed at Hamilton Press, Venice, California. The leaves are housed in a dark grey cloth clamshell box with a bronze bas-relief recessed into the lid. Each print is numbered and signed by Robert Graham and the final sheet of the poem is signed by Michael McClure.
Accompanying the portfolio is the original prospectus.
The leaves and clamshell box are in FINE condition with no flaws.
Photographs of the clamshell box, the prospectus, and an image of one of the lithographs from the prospectus appear in the photo section of the listing.
About the Arion Press
Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."