Reversal Series, Marilyns
May 10-June 12, 1982
Akira Ikeda Gallery
First and only Edition
Limited Edition: 1 of only 1000 stated copies
It is always a thrill to find a piece of art ephemera that is so rare, nobody else in the world has it on the market as far as we can discover.
It is even more thrilling when the item is an exhibition catalogue of Andy Warhol....
But when the same incredibly scarce Warhol Catalogue also happens to feature some of his most intriguing and desirable pieces - the Reversal Series and Warhol's Marilyns -......AND when it is a "lifetime" catalogue, meaning that it was published during the artist's lifetime, when the exhibition took place.....AND it was published in a stated limited edition of only 1000 - overseas in Japan, making it even more unlikely to find stateside....AND when, on top of all that, it also happens to be a piece of ephemera that we have NEVER come across before and NEVER had the opportunity to collect or sell - well that's an art book seller's JACKPOT!!
Voila - here it is, the limited edition softcover catalogue with stapled wraps published on the occasion of the above Tokyo exhibition of Warhol's Reversals and Marilyns at the prestigious Akira Ikeda Gallery.
On its face, this thin catalogue looks rather unremarkable: Its cover is a notably shelfworn and scufffed black with stark white block letters. It's a thin volume with a stapled spine and apparent bunching and wrinkling at the spine, accompanied by corner creasing, etc.
But inside are two dramatic color photographic spreads, each spanning two pages: the first is an Ikeda Gallery installation shot of Warhol's One Hundred Forty Five Marilyns, and the second is a two page photo of Forty Five Gold Marilyns. There is also a one page reproduction of Nine Gold Marilyns. At the end is a biographical summary of the artist, in English followed by Japanese.
The last end page expressly states that this volume, Catalogue No. 43, was published by Akira Ikeda Gallery in Tokyo in May of 1982, in a limited edition of only 1000 copies. It is extremely rare thus!
In total, there are 14 pages, and it measures 8.5 by 10.75 inches.
If you're willing to pay the price we're asking for this catalogue, you have already declared yourself to be a card-carrying Andy Warhol-ic, either because you are a serious dealer or collector of his work, or a collector of unusually scarce Warhol and/or Pop Art catalogues and ephemera. While we always get sellers remorse from letting go of a limited edition catalogue like this (especially from Japan) that we don't expect to find again-- you have already pre-selected yourself as a worthy and appreciative collector!
The catalogue is standard sized and features 3 color reproductions, two of them spanning across two pages. In all our years of travels and in the many, many thousands of exhibition catalogues and collections we've examined, we have never come across this one before -though we'll keep looking!
This is a scarce piece of Warhol ephemera.....
The 1982 Akira Ikeda Warhol Marilyn and Reversal exhibition is a well documented part of the artist's career- so with the acquisition of this catalogue, you are collecting a small piece of modernist pop history.
An excellent reference for Warhol dealers, collectors, scholars, fans, estates and foundations --as well as those who collect unusual and rare Pop Art ephemera.
Other than the notable shelfwear to the cover (front and back) it is in good to very good condition.
NOT ex-library; NO markings whatsoever.
Note that the header image is the installation photo from inside the brochure and the stark minimalist black wrap cover and white block letters is shown within this listing.
Congratulations in advance on snagging this gem! You already know that it's more than meets the eye.
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