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Ira Cohen

Ira Cohen


Nationality: American

Ira Cohen spent the early 1960s in Tangier, Morocco with William S. Burroughs and Paul Bowles where he edited and published GNAOUA, a Beat-era literary magazine. Returning to New York he published The Hashish Cookbook in 1966. Around this time, he created his “Mylar Chamber” a room covered with the highly reflective polyester film where he photographed his friends including John McLaughlin, William S. Burroughs and Jimi Hendrix with psychedelic results. One of these Mylar images was used on the cover of the Spirit album The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, released in 1970. Cohen wrote numerous poems, did poetry readings, published literary magazines, and made avant-garde films among his many varied pursuits. His literary archive is in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.


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Item Realized
Ira Cohen (American, 1935-2011) Jhil McEntyre, 1967-1970 Dye destruction 13-1/4 x 20 inches (33.7 x 50.8 cm) Signed
Ira Cohen (American, 1935-2011) Jhil McEntyre, 1967-1970 Dye destruction 13-1/4 x 20 inches (33.7 x 50.8 cm) Signed ...
Lot 73125
Auction 5298
Friday, May 19, 2017

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