Early Work by Zagar

Hey! Diddle Diddle.

[Brooklyn]: 'Zagar Press', [1960].

Price: $7,500.00

About the item

One of 4 copies, signed and dated “I. Zagar 1960” on last leaf. Artist book in folding concertina format: double-page manuscript coloured title; 5 double-page manuscript coloured text openings each with a colored etching accompanying text. 1 vols. Oblong folio. Early Work by Zagar. Original decorated cloth over boards, endpapers with decorated crayon images of fish, trees etc. Fine. Not in OCLC.

Item #265014

Exceedingly rare early work by Isaiah Zagar (b. 1939), visionary vernacular artist, who is most widely known for his mosaic installation, the Magic Gardens site on South Street in Philadelphia.

One of four copies of illustrations to the familiar nursery rhyme, a work produced while the artist studied under Fritz Eichenberg at Pratt. Visual elements expressed during his later career can be discerned here at the outset.

From the artist’s mission statement : “It is true to a certain extent; I have been copying Clarence [Schmidt] my whole career, trying to make a total encyclopedic vision that has no parameters and no end. My work is marked by events and is a mirror of the mind that is building and falling apart, having a logic but close to chaos, refusing to stay still for the camera, and giving one a sense of heaven and hell simultaneously.”