Paying Debt to Nature with a Death as Obscure

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Elizabeth Bishop’s Patented Slot-Machine [undated]

The rainbow arc at the top of the picture—resembling the handle of a suitcase—bears the legend THE “DREAM.” In the diagram of the slot-machine the notations read: CRYSTAL BALL; SPARK; HANDLE; OPENING IN GLASS CASE. The two sets of numbers are: 2 3 8 10 7 1 and 3 2 5 4 1.—William Benton, Exchanging Hats: Elizabeth Bishop’s Paintings

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12 Poems to the Sea, by Cy Twombly (1959)

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from Covering My Face: My Grandmother’s Gestures—a performance & series of 22 photos by Nancy Wilson-Pajic (1972–1973)

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Four drawings from Jo Baer’s When Thou Cometh To Woman, Bringeth Thou Thy Whip (1991)

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(Source: jobaer.net)

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Four spreads from Paul Thek’s Composition notebooks (1977)

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Seven paintings made by Paul Klee in 1929

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Ten pages from The World is Round, with illustrations by Clement Hurd and text by Gertrude Stein (1939)

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10 early abstract paintings by Joann Gedney (1948-1968)

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Six oil paintings by Jay DeFeo (1955-1989)

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Devil houses by Frank Albert Jones (1964-69)

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Nine glyphs—“drawings charged with literary, emotional, historical or mythic & poetic intensity”—by Ed Sanders

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Four portraits of inmates—woman suffering from obsessive envy, man suffering from delusions of military rank, woman with a gambling mania, and a kleptomaniac—at Salpêtrière asylum, Paris, by Théodore Géricault (1822-1823)

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