New York: I. Rice Pereira, 1969. 2nd Edition. Octavo, publisher's stiff white paper wraps lettered in black and red.
Self-published collection of "polyphonic, philosophical" poems by American Abstract Expressionist and philosopher Irene Rice Pereira, relating to her ongoing project of a "cosmology of the Infinite": "These poems...demonstrate that the image of the cosmos is reflected in the mind. That the mind of man functions as spatial imagery. And, that the mind of man is harmonious and homogeneous with all of nature" (from the preface). Pereira, who professionally used the gender-ambiguous name "I. Rice," worked to explore abstraction through the merging of technology, the transcendental and art, committing herself to machine-age materials and the social implications of art. From 1928 to 1931 she studied at the Art Students League in New York, where she was exposed to the principles of Bauhaus, Cubism and Constructivism. In 1935 she helped found New York's Design Laboratory, a Bauhaus-inspired design school sponsored by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. The school was successful, enrolling 220 students in its first class, but ultimately short-lived due to losing its federal funding in 1937. In 1953 Pereira became one of the first women to receive a retrospective at the Whitney Museum. This second edition is made up of sheets from the limited first edition, with the colophon crossed out by hand and the the manuscript note "second edition." One signature (pp.53-68) bound upside-down. Light edgewear and fingersoiling. Near fine. A compelling and unusual self-published book by a pioneering midcentury woman artist. Item #2211