Andy Warhol/Gerard Malanga: Screen Tests/A Diary. Kulchur Press, New York, 1967. 108 pp. Quarto (10 x 7.5 in./25 x 19 cm.). First edition. Stiff illustrated wrappers. 54 pages + 54 leaves of half-tone reproductions printed on light acetate or vellum paper.
Another undisputed bibliographic gem of the Factory years!!
"[The process of making the book] happened quite spontaneously, really. Since the poems were illustrating the visuals, I wanted them to behave very much the way film does, with lots of repetitions. Yes, the word 'friends' crops up consistently like an echo. The effect I was aiming for was having them refer back on themselves as flashbacks because there were inherent connections. Not only were several of these sitters friends of mine but each other’s friends as well and not necessarily involved in the Factory. I’ve been characterized as many things, but social director would accurately fit the bill. I liked bringing people together, and what better way to do this than to commemorate them on film. I guess you can say it’s a social art. Now I don’t bring anyone together. I’m very much alone—me and my four cats and all the classical music filtering through the house."--Gerard Malanga, from a 2010 interview with Chelsea Weathers entitled, I’ll Be Your Mirror
Documenting the Factory and rescuing its heroes, Poetry Foundation.
Fair; a notoriously fragile title, often found in this condition; binding quite tender, with creasing to spine with a small tear near base of spine; text block splitting toward the rear, with a several loose pages.