[Massachusetts]: Savoy Associates/ (The Hampshire Typothetae), 1986.
Moser, Barry. First edition, signed; limited to 400 numbered copies (this copy is not numbered, as usual). Designed by Barry Moser. Unsewn folio sheets printed in red and black type, pp. [viii],104 (consisting of loose bifolium sheets, laid into black wrappers, embossed: "Savoy"), illustrated with 14 color plates, each plate is printed on a double sheet, each signed in pencil; with an extra suite of 14 color plates, with each plate signed. The publisher's quarter-leather clamshell box, with attractive art deco design on spine, has slight fading and rubbing on spine, else fine. Portfolio (40 by 31 cm). WITH 28 SIGNED PRINTS BY ARTIST RICHARD YARDE. A fine copy in publisher's clamshell box (with art deco design). The publisher's quarter-leather clamshell box, with attractive art deco design on spine, has slight fading and rubbing on spine, else fine Item #325309
The Hampshire Typothetae, which produced this publication, ceased operation in 1986, and the entire edition appears never to have been completed. African-American artist Richard Yarde (1939-2011) was born in Boston, earned an MFA at Boston University, where he later taught, and he eventually became professor of art at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). He is considered one of the most accomplished American watercolorists of his generation. His work is found in numerous public collections, including MoMA, Studio Museum of Harlem, Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), etc. When discussing his watercolor studies of musicians and dancers at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, Yarde stated: "The Savoy became a source of creativity, joy and strength to me which I want to share and honor." Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, in 1982, presented a travelling exhibition "Savoy: An Installation by Richard Yarde", also shown in San Diego, Baltimore and The Studio Museum, Harlem.
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