New York: Artist Ink Editions, 2003. First Edition. 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 and 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 featuring 11 spoken word performances by Van Vliet, and a DVD including the short film, "Some YoYo Stuff, a "filmed observation" by Anton Corbijn made in 1994.
The book, "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historian Ben Watson and full-color reproductions of 60 of Van Vliet's paintings and drawings, some of them previously unpublished.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, "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.
The CD features the artist reading 11 of his previously unreleased spoken-word pieces, spanning the years 1977-1996, and all printed in the accompanying "Splinters" book.
Slipcase 9.25 x 12.75 inches. Etching executed on thick drawing paper, 8 x 10.5 inches. Book, contents, and slipcase Fine.