Screen Tests/A Diary. Gerard MALANGA, Andy WARHOL.
Screen Tests/A Diary.
Screen Tests/A Diary.
Screen Tests/A Diary.
Screen Tests/A Diary.
Screen Tests/A Diary.
Screen Tests/A Diary.
Screen Tests/A Diary.
Screen Tests/A Diary.

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Screen Tests/A Diary.

NY: Kulchur Press, c. February 1967. First edition. Sm. 4to. Wrps. Unpaginated (216pp.).

A collaborative work by Andy Warhol and Gerard Malanga consisting of a collection of stills from film portraits, or 'screen tests', each with a poem on the facing page by Malanga.

The 54 stills (17 women, 37 men), printed on semi-transparent vellum-type paper, picture a variety of actors, poets, painters, socialites, models, filmmakers, and musicians, among them Jane Holzer, Nico, Ondine, Mary Woronov, Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed, Paul Morrissey, Jonas Mekas, Salvador Dali, International Velvet, John Wieners, Barbara Rubin, Marie Menken, Ted Berrigan, Charles Henri Ford, John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, Piero Heliczer, Ronald Tavel, Donovan, Paul America, Harry Fainlight, and Benedetta Barzini (to whom Malanga dedicated the book).

The stills are frame enlargements from 3-minute long 16mm b/w silent films made by Warhol between December 1963 and January 1967, with the assistance of Malanga and/or Billy Name. Each still (more a living portrait than a screen test, since none of the sitters were actually being tested for a moving film) consists of one or two entire frames from the film footage, and part of either one or two additional frames.

A rare and desirable artist's book, connecting poetry and film, and capturing numerous Factory Superstars and regulars. Many of them were at the peak of their beauty, and each one meets the camera's passive stare with an inexpressive gaze, as directed by Warhol (Piero Heliczer smiled briefly in his test). Malanga shot his own version, reproduced in colour on the front cover, though Warhol preferred his role as director/voyeur and never subjected himself to the screen test treatment.

Short lower corner crease to upper wrapper; minor wear to backstrip; slight rubbing to extremities. Overall a tight, square copy, without the flaws of a worn or faded backstrip and loose binding to which this title is particularly prone.

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