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Rene Ricard 1979-1980 is the first collection of American poet and artist Rene Ricard’s poetry, first published by the Dia Art Foundation in 1979. This edition presents, in a new format, both the original book design reproduced as a facsimile and the first French translation of Ricard’s poems.

Rene Ricard 1979-1980
Rene Ricard

Translated from the English (American) by Manon Lutanie and Rachel Valinsky
With an introduction by Rachel Valinsky and notes on the translation by Manon Lutanie
Published with the support of Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap).

Published in March 2018, second edition: October 2018
Printed in Latvia
1400 copies
21 × 29,7 cm, 8.3 × 11.7 in, 200 pages
Bilingual edition (French, English)
ISBN: 978-2-918685-12-8
Prix: €25 + shipping costs

Editors: Manon Lutanie, Rachel Valinsky
Design: Manon Lutanie, after an original layout by Bruce Chandler


Out of print


Rene Ricard was an American poet, artist, and actor. He was born in 1946 and grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. After a troubled childhood, he fled to Boston as a teenager, where he came into contact with literary and artistic circles. At the age of eighteen, he moved to New York City and became a central figure in the city’s artistic and literary scene. Ricard appeared in several films by Andy Warhol and continued to act in many independent films throughout his life. In the 1980s, he wrote two major collections of poetry, as well as important essays and articles, some of which were instrumental in launching the careers of artists such as Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat (he wrote the famous article “The Radiant Child” in Artforum in 1981). Beginning in the 1990s, he developed a pictorial body of work and exhibited his paintings in various galleries in the UK and the US. He died in New York in 2014.