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In 1962 the Chinese-American artist and poet Walasse Ting set out to publish an anthology of his poetry with illustrations by the leading artists of the day. Teaming up with abstract expressionist Sam Francis, he was able to recruit Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Allan Kaprow, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann to the project.
The finished book – “1 Cent Life” – contained 170 lithograph pages and was finally published in an edition of 2000 copies in 1964. It is now very rare, with most of the individual prints broken up from the set. These images are a compact manifesto of 1960s visual culture: bright, psychedelic and fizzing with energy. They offer collectors the opportunity to acquire work from one of the most important art publications of the decade by artists working at the peak of their creative powers.