Brussels: Galerie Smith, 1961. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's stapled lithographed selfwraps.
"Paintings are my honey, colors are my flowers, velocity is what’s required of a thief—he must paint as speedily as he draws a gun" (Walasse Ting). Inscribed artist's book by critically acclaimed painter, poet, and notorious bon vivant Walasse Ting, his first publication, issued in conjunction with Galerie Smith’s exhibition of his work in 1962. A self-described autodidact, Ting created the featured works after his move from Paris to New York in 1957, when he discovered Abstract Expressionism and grew close to prominent post-war painter Sam Francis. Merging his freshly developed abstract sensibility with an emerging Pop vision and his distinctly vibrant color palette, this artist’s book sits at the crossroads of categorization. Illustrated with two original double-page lithos in six colors (one being the center srpead and the other the wraps), six additional color plates and 12 black-and-white plates, printed by Maurice Beaudet and Georges Girard in Paris; accompanied by ten of Ting’s amusing and equally colorful poems, most of which were written in Paris, where he anglicized and appended his Chinese name with "-sse" as a tribute to Matisse; and with a poem and illustration credited to Italian industrialist and art collector Paolo Marinotti, noir screenwriter Ben Simcoe and Ting, and an exhibition checklist. One of 1099 unnumbered copies, this copy has been inscribed by Ting to the inside front cover: "To Carl Maas / Walasse Ting / 62." Moderate edgewear, with chipping to corners and Japanese tissue repair to gutter of wraps where split. Good. $250. Item #2948