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    Ira Cohen (American, 1935-2011)
    Julian Beck, early 1980s
    Gelatin silver
    13 x 9-1/4 inches (33.0 x 23.5 cm)
    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.


    Julian Beck (1925-1985) was a close friend of Cohen's and co-founder and director of The Living Theatre. As an actor he was best known as Kane, the malevolent preacher in the 1986 movie Poltergeist II: The Other Side.


    Condition Report*: Paper size: 14 x 11 inches; unmounted and not framed; there are some scattered tiny spots of possible surface grime; otherwise, in overall very good condition.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    May, 2017
    18th-19th Thursday-Friday
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