Life and Death of an American Artist. Sam Kerson.
Life and Death of an American Artist.
(Gender, Sex, and Sexuality)

Life and Death of an American Artist.

Kerson, Sam (illus.)

(Worcester, VT): Dragon Dance Theatre, 1997. Folio. (18)ff. One of twenty copies, signed by the artist, Sam Kerson. A tribute to the actor and activist Murray Levy in a series of fifteen bold, full-page black & white linocuts by his friend, Sam Kerson, an artist and the co-founder and director of the Dragon Dance Theatre. Born in New York, Levy moved to New Orleans in the 1960s to join the Free Southern Theater, or FST, which was part of the Black Arts Movement. In 1970, Levy came to Vermont with the Bread and Puppet Theater and went on to work with the Dragon Dance Theatre. The linocuts show Levy’s involvement with the Civil Rights Movement, some of his performances, and his travels. In the 1980s, Levy contracted AIDS and returned to New York. Several of Kerson’s linocuts depict Levy’s struggle with the disease, and the final page is an obituary also printed by linocut, with the letters standing out against the stark black background. Bound by Alexandra Altman at the Jessup Bindery in a blue cloth chemise, printed in black with a design of birds. Fine. See also image at start of chapter. Item #30309

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