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Riding Some Kind of Unusual Skull Sleigh

New York: Artist Ink Editions, 2003. First Edition. Fine condition. One of 1500 numbered copies issued with an etching SIGNED and numbered by Van Vliet. An extravagant production, with a folding cloth-covered clamshell case housed in a matching slipcase. The folding case opens to reveal an elaborately housed set of items, including the following: the signed/numbered etching; two books (one with a retrospective of Van Vliet's artwork since 1983, the other a photo retrospective composed of photos by Anton Corbijn coupled with photos from Van Vliet's archive; a CD of 11 spoken word performances by Van Vliet; and a DVD featuring a 1994 "filmed observation" by Anton Corbijn. But in 1983 Van Vliet retired from music to pursue painting and drawing, the focus of this extraordinary boxed set. Riding Some Kind Of Unusual Skull Sleigh, named after a painting the artist completed in 1987, provides an opportunity to own one of his original, signed color etchings. Executed on paper and cataloged as Untitled (Self-Portrait), the work measures 6 5/8" x 9 1/2". The paper itself measures 7 7/8" x 10 1/2". Van Vliet produced only 1,500 copies of the piece, one for each individually numbered copy of this Artist Ink Edition. A deluxe 9 1/4" x 12 3/4" x 2 3/4" slipcase carefully houses the etching as well as two museum-quality books, a CD, and a DVD. The first book, entitled Riding Some Kind Of Unusual Skull Sleigh (88 pages), is a monograph of sorts, containing an essay by art historian Ben Watson and full-color reproductions of 60 of Van Vliet's paintings and drawings, some of them previously unpublished. The second book, entitled Splinters (96 pages), features portrait photos of the artist by Anton Corbijn, along with a selection of personal archival material supplied by Don and Jan Van Vliet-including family snapshots, newspaper clippings, drawings, and sketches. None of this material has been seen. The CD features the artist reading 11 of his previously unreleased spoken-word pieces, which are also reprinted in the Splinters book. Spanning 1977-116, these readings have been personally selected by Don and Jan Van Vliet. The DVD features Some YoYo Stuff, a 1994 filmed observation by Anton Corbijn. [Book #79795]
Price: $600.00
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