Item No: #362504 Dream Fungus: December 1 to January 14. Drawings & Ceramic Sculpture by Martin Wong. Nova 1, Berkeley, 1970. Martin Wong.

Important Chinese American Artist's First Solo Show

Dream Fungus: December 1 to January 14. Drawings & Ceramic Sculpture by Martin Wong. Nova 1, Berkeley, 1970

Notes: Promotional handbill for Martin Wong's first solo show, printed in brown and black on thin cardstock, a scarce ephemeral piece from an important American artist's first show, possibly designed by him.

This handbill (sometimes described as a poster) reproduces a photograph of Wong's sculpture, Coyote, a seated anthropomorphic dog-creature, with the text based on Wong's calligraphy. Wong graduated with a degree in ceramics from Humboldt State College (now Cal Poly Humboldt) in 1968. For the next ten years, he went back and forth between San Francisco, where he grew up, and the Eureka-Arcata area. Between this show and the mid-1980s, when he started to become known for his paintings, Wong had very few solo exhibitions of his work.

Wong (Portland, Oregon, 1946 – San Francisco, 1999) had what was expected to be a mid-career survey museum show in 1998. He died from complications of AIDS the next year. A retrospective show, with an accompanying catalog, was held in 2016, and an international traveling exhibit is planned for 2023 to be accompanied by a 350-page monograph.

8-1/2 by 10-7/8 inches. Tan cardstock printed in brown and black.

Edition + Condition: A near fine copy. One corner slightly bent.

Publication: Berkeley: Nova 1, 1970.

Item No: #362504

Price: $1,000

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