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    Ira Cohen (American, 1935-2011)
    Gerard Malanga, early 1980s
    Gelatin silver
    7 x 4-3/4 inches (17.8 x 12.1 cm)
    Numbered '1/36' in pencil on verso. With provenance letter from the estate.

    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.


    Gerard Joseph Malanga (b. 1943) is an American poet, photographer, filmmaker, curator and archivist. He worked with Andy Warhol from 1963 to 1970 acting in his films and was a founding editor of Interview magazine.


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    Condition Report*: Paper size: 10 x 8 inches; unmounted and not framed; there is very slight toning alont the sheet edges, and a small line of possible retouching to the upper center edge of the image; overall in very good condition.
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