Item #51-5509 1¢ Life . Portfolio of original lithographs, written by Walasse Ting and edited by Sam Francis First edition. Incomplete. Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Enrico Baj, Alan Davie, Alfred Julio Jensen Robert Indiana, Asger Jorn, Kiki Kogelnik Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Allan Kaprow, Reinhoud D’haese, Jim Dine, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Kimber Smith Antonio Saura, K R. H. Sonderborg, Walasse Ting, Bram Van Velde, artists Öyvind Fahlström, 1927– Belgium, 1921–2006 Netherlands, 1924–2003 Italy, 1920–England Scotland, 2014, United States, 1903–1981 Guatemala, 1914–1973 Denmark, 1925–1992 United States, 1935–1997 Austria, 1929– Sweden, 1927–2006 United States, 1928–2007 Belgium, 1935– United States, 1923–2002 Canada, 1930–1998 Spain, 1922–1981 United States, 1923–2008 Denmark, 1929–2010 China, Netherlands 1895–1981, 1928–1976.
1¢ Life . Portfolio of original lithographs, written by Walasse Ting and edited by Sam Francis First edition. Incomplete..
1¢ Life . Portfolio of original lithographs, written by Walasse Ting and edited by Sam Francis First edition. Incomplete..
1¢ Life . Portfolio of original lithographs, written by Walasse Ting and edited by Sam Francis First edition. Incomplete..

1¢ Life . Portfolio of original lithographs, written by Walasse Ting and edited by Sam Francis First edition. Incomplete..

Bern, Switzerland: E.W. Kornfeld, 1964. Folio. 29 x 41cm. Sheets loose as issued in original silkscreened chemise, dust-jacket and green cloth slipcase. One of 2000 numbered copies. This copy lacking the prints by Francis, Warhol, Rauschenberg , Rosenquist, Wesselmann, Lichtenstein,Ramos; one of two by Oldenberg and Indiana are present....



Walasse Ting (1929–2010) was a Chinese-American visual artist and poet. Born in Shanghai, he left China in 1946 and lived in the British colony of Hong Kong for six years before settling in Paris where he anglicized his Chinese name, tacking on “sse” in emulation of the famed painter Henri Matisse. In Paris, Ting became associated with the CoBrA group whose expressionist style of painting was inspired by the art of children. In 1957, bolstered by newfound success as a painter, he relocated to the United States and settled in New York City.

In 1961, while living in a one-room studio near Times Square, Ting wrote a series of sixty-one poems. These poems communicate the wide-eyed ambition of a recent immigrant. They are simultaneously spiritual and secular, jarring and joyful. His use of free form text references both the tone and metrical patterns of classical Chinese poetry and the rhythm of the American Beat prose, Jazz music, and the urban environment. Each page radiates with a breathless immediacy that exudes a sense of the vital dynamism of New York City in the early 1960s as Ting was experiencing it.

I wrote 61 poems in ’61 in a small black room like coffin, inside room only salami, whisky…photographs from Times Square …no cookbook, no telephone book, no check-book. Two short fingers, typing talking about World & Garbage, You & I, Egg & Earth. - Walasse Ting



The portfolio reflects Ting’s desire to capture the zeitgeist of a creative community caught between European abstraction and Pop Art, specifically those artists who, like Ting, bridged both the European and American avant-garde movements. Containing sixty-two lithographs by twenty-eight artists, reproductions of French, Japanese, and American advertisements, postage stamps, photographs, Chinese seals, and sixty-one letterpress poems by Ting set in multicolored inks, the portfolio was edited by Sam Francis and printed in Paris by Maurice Beudet with typography by George Girard. Item #51-5509

Price: $1,500.00