CULTURE HERO: MASTERPRINT. John GIORNO, co-edits and contributes.
CULTURE HERO: MASTERPRINT.
CULTURE HERO: MASTERPRINT.
CULTURE HERO: MASTERPRINT.

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CULTURE HERO: MASTERPRINT.

NY: Editions Alecto of America, Ltd., 1970. Large portfolio of 28 prints on heavy stock lithographed by aluminium plates and split fountain rainbow rolled over in 150+ colours. Pages loose cut bound with 3 metal screw fasteners, designed so that each page can be removed for framing. 57.2x44.2cm. The first and last pages are SIGNED in pencil by Les Levine.


Levine published five issues of Culture Hero: A Fanzine of Stars of the Super World, a satirical and gossipy newsprint tabloid devoted to New York's downtown art scene, 'looking in on the cultural hotshots of the moment'. This publication is a special large format reproduction of the third issue (February 1970), which was subtitled 'Jill Johnston Exposed - A life dominated by Strange Arts, Consuming Desires, and Ego-Eroticism' (Johnston was a dance critic for the Village Voice and Art News covering performances of the Judson Dance Theatre, Happenings, and the Fluxus movement).


Its masthead lists John Giorno, D.A. Latimer, Peter Schjeldahl, Lil Picard, Carter Ratcliff, Anne Waldman and David Walley among its staff, and features interviews, articles, poems, drawings and letters by John Giorno; Gregory Battcock; David Bourdon; James Lee Byars; Wynn Chamberlain; Rosalyn Drexler; Teeny Duchamp; Stephen Dunn; Barbara Forst; Suzi Gablik; John Gruen; Walter Gutman; Peter Hujar; Jasper Johns; Ray Johnson; Fred McDarrah; Meredith Monk; John Perreault; Brigid Polk; Yvonne Rainer; Barbara Rose; Aram Saroyan; George Segal; Willoughby Sharp; Andy Warhol; Ann Wilson; and others. The last few pages contain gallery advertisements and a calendar of cultural events of February 1970.


Originally issued with printed b/w card covers, since removed from this copy. Slight bend to lower r/h corners; minor discolouration along lower edge of first two pages; otherwise an excellent copy of this spectacular production.

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