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Maker(s):Ting, Walasse and various artists
Culture:American, born China (1929-2010)
Title:1 Cent Life
Date Made:1964
Type:Artist's Book
Materials:Unbound folio containing 62 lithographs and 62 letterpress poems in colored inks. 172 pp.
Measurements:Overall: 16 5/16 x 12 x 1 7/16 in; 41.4 x 30.5 x 3.7 cm
Accession Number:  UM 1966.50
Credit Line:Purchased with art acquisition funds
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

This large unbound folio features poems by Walasse Ting and was edited by Sam Francis. Color lithographs are by Walaase Ting, Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Enrico Baj, Alan Davie, Sam Francis, Robert Indiana, Asger Jorn, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, Allan Kaprow, Rinehound, Jim Dine, Jean-Paul Riopelle, James Rosenquist, Antonio Saura, Kimber Smith, K.R.H. Sonderberg, Bram Van Velde; Oyvind Fahlstrom, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann. The book was published in 1964 in Swtizerland by Eberhardt W. Kornfield, printed in Paris by Maurice Beudet, with typography by George Girard.

Label Text:
Excerpted label text from the Curatorial Fellowship exhibition "Color in Containment," March 22 – April 29, 2018:
Color has a reputation for being impossible to describe. Not only does color frequently challenge language, it actively defies it. With that said, it isn’t uncommon to encounter both color and text as central elements in a single work of art. Walasse Ting’s 1 Cent Life features poetry in relationship to vibrant color images. 1 Cent Life is a “book steeped in a free-wheeling anarchy — a riotous color scheme seems to be the only rule it follows.” But Ting’s jarring yet dreamy words thread throughout the book of images, bringing a harmony to the clash between the contradictory philosophies of Pop Art and European Abstraction contained within. The text of Ting’s anthology corrals the color. - Margaret Wilson (M.F.A. Studio Art 2019) and Alison Ritacco (M.A. Art History 2019)

1 Loren, Cary, “Walasse Ting: 1 Cent Life,” last modified February 9th, 2014.

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