Portrait of Charles Henri Ford
Akashic Editions, 1993. In a numbered edition of 150. 19 5/8 x 25 5/8 in. Screenprint poster. Near fine. Item #POS165
Artist, poet, novelist, photographer, and editor, the polymath Charles Henri Ford was born in Mississippi in 1908, and had a career which spanned much of the 20th century. A friend and collaborator of many of the major writers and poets of the avant-garde, including Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Djuna Barnes, Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, he was primarily known as the editor of VIEW, one of the most important avant-garde magazines of the 20th century.
Both part-time residents of Kathmandu, Charles Henri Ford and Ira Cohen developed a close friendship that lasted from the 1970s until Ford's death in 2002. Cohen also served as a publisher and champion of Ford's work, publishing his 7 Poems via his Bardo Matrix Press in 1974. This poster, based on an iconic photograph of Charles Henri Ford taken by Ira Cohen, is a colorful portrait of an underground hero. Printed by Kirke Wilson.