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Elias Newman - Artists Equity Masquerade Ball - 'Spring Fantasia' - 1951

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Art (general), History, Illustrated - Quantity: 1 - Limited edition

Object: Ephemera
Number of Books: 1
Subject: Art, History, Illustrated
Author/ Illustrator: Elias Newman
Book Title: Artists Equity Masquerade Ball - 'Spring Fantasia'
Condition: Good
Publication year oldest item: 1951
Edition: 1st Edition
Language: English
Publisher: Artists Equity Association
Binding/ Material: Softback
Extras: Limited edition

Real collector's gem composed of 56 original lithographs (of which 5 in colour), most of them serving as advertisements for the Artists Equity Association sponsor' s for the Masquerade Ball of the Hotel Astor in 1951. Participating artists include Milton Avery, T. Lux Feininger, Chaim Gross, Hans Hofmann, Reginald Marsh, Ben Shahn, Raphael Soyer, and Max Weber among many others (refer to pictures for complete list).

Program for the masquerade ball in Hotel Astor on May the 4th that year, numbered to only 2000 copies.

From the acknowledgment page: "This is Volume II of IMPROVISATIONS. IMPROVISATIONS was first conceived in 1950 from an idea by Julio de Diego as a medium for advertisers in sympathy with the ideals of Artists Equity Association. As in IMPROVISATIONS 1950, the member-artists who illustrated this journal were selected by the advertisers and were given complete freedom of expression. Each page was designed by the artist directly on the litho plate, thus making this a collection of original lithographs."

From the Editor, Elias Newman: This first edition is limited to two thousand copies. (On the same page you can find a number "2" hand written in red on the bottom of the right corner of the page, see images).

The spiral bound softcover is overall in reasonable condition with some signs of wear and some small damages, mostly on the top of the front cover and the upper side of the first pages. Marks in pencil. Otherwise in good condition for a program of this age in this binding. Please refer to pictures for a more detailed impression.

Will be carefully packaged and shipped with insurance.

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