New York: Plain Wrapper Press, 1970. Loose pages in box. Folio (13.1 in, 33.3 cm).
First edition: Signed and limited #39/150. "Benes was a first-generation veteran of the AIDS crisis and chronicled his own HIV+ status in Lethal Weapons, a series of works created with his own blood. This exhibit toured in the 1990s... These provocative pieces confront HIV/AIDS head-on, blending political activism, visual poetry and a wicked sense of humor... Benes was also featured in many documentaries about art, AIDS and gay history." - visualaids org. The Westbeth studio where Barton Lidice Benes (1942-2012) lived for more than 40 years has been reassembled at the North Dakota Museum of Art as a permanent installation.
Artist portfolio with 21 loose folios housed in a cardboard box covered in a delicate black paper skin. 19 linocuts printed on double leaves, each linocut signed by the artist. Heavy stock, cream, textured pages. Box cover edges with two chipped sections. Remarkably well-preserved portfolio. Near Fine with no gold string. Item #688
Signed by Artist-Author.