Original Signed Lithographs, Etchings, Linocuts & Aquatints

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Georgetown Frame Shoppe, established in 1989 in Washington, DC, is a leading fine art print dealer. We specialize in buying and selling works on paper by Contemporary and Modern Masters.

Our collection of lithographs, etchings and linocuts emphasizes artists such as Pierre Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Mary Cassatt, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Francisco Goya, Roy Lichtenstein, and Bernard Buffet. Please feel free to call or email us for further information and pricing.

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  • Sam Gilliam Ichi

    Early on, innovative artist  Sam Gilliam distanced himself from his figurative roots and embraced abstraction defined by his deft relationship with color. It was the 1960s and his recognition was tempered by expectations of what African American artists should be producing at the height of the civil rights era. 

    “He hasn’t been given enough credit for radicalizing the medium.” Curator Sukanya Rajaratnam said. Undaunted, Gilliam forged on.

    Although not an organized or self conscious movement, one of the most important developments in abstract art occurred in Washington, D.C., and is most often designated the Washington Color School. Gilliam was one of the most influencial  artists apart of the Washington Color School in late 1950s through mid-’70s. Ever the innovator, he took his color-stained canvases off of the stretcher in the late 1960s and presented them in radical new ways: draped across walls and hung from the ceiling in generous, folding layers.

    During this time Gilliam also experimented by taping and pouring colors, folding and staining canvases, and literally folding a still wet canvas against itself to imprint vertical, angular, and axial forms. Gilliam's "quilted" paintings of the 1980s, like this original monoprint Ichi, involved cutting geometric shapes from his thickly encrusted canvas surfaces, and rearranging them on nylon or canvas backgrounds in patterns reminiscent of African American patchwork quilts the artist remembered from his childhood.

    Kurt Mueller, a director at Kordansky Gallery, notes that in addition to being formally innovative, Gilliam’s work has another important element going for it: “undeniable beauty.”

    Ichi (1994) by Sam Gilliam is an original monoprint with screenprint, collage, acrylic, stitching and embossing in colors on handmade paper. Ichi is an edition of 31/40 and is hand signed in black ink. For more information about Sam Gilliam, or Ichi please contact the gallery. $5,995 unframed.

  • Keith Haring Pop Apocalypse Portfolio

    When the late renowned artist Keith Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, he collaborated with author and beat icon William S. Burroughs on the  Apocalypse series, which offers an insight into Haring’s personal struggle with the disease. Though Haring’s themes were often political and social, the work at the end of his life and career took a turn toward the deeply personal. Haring’s work became darker, often showing dead cartoon figures with big X's on them.

     Apocalypse is a series of silkscreens made by Haring in response to an existing text by Burroughs. The poet considered the results of their collaboration to be of "equal weight and purpose...My texts were perfectly understood and perfectly rendered.” 

    The text reads: “Every dedicated artist attempts the impossible, Success will write APOCALYPSE across the sky. The artist aims for a miracle. The painter wills his picture to move off the canvas with a separate life, movement outside of the picture, and one rent in the fabric is all it takes for pandemonium to sluice through.

    Last act, the End, this is where we all came in. The final Apocalypse is when every man sees what he sees, feels what he feels, and hears what he hears. The creatures of all your dreams and nightmares are right here, right now, solid as they ever were or ever will be, electric vitality of careening subways faster faster faster stations flash by in a blur. Pan God of Panic, whips screaming crowds, as millions of faces look up at the torn sky: OFF THE TRACK! OFF THE TRACK!”

    Pop Apocalypse Plate 1 (1988) by Keith Haring is an original silkscreen. Pop Apocalypse Plate 1 from the Apocalypse portfolio is hand signed in pencil and is an edition of 90. For more information about Keith Haring or Pop Apocalypse Plate 1 and the complete Apocalypse Portfolio, please contact the gallery. $9,995 framed.

  • Keith Haring Untitled (Concentric Man)

    Anyone who thinks Keith Haring's art is simple and happy may find something entirely new at another glance. A friend of his once described it like “We think of the figures, and we think it’s really clear. But when we take it one step further, it becomes complicated. It’s never set. It’s always very diverse in meanings and possibilities.” 

    Haring’s subjects, his glowing family of spinning breakdancers, barking dogs, whizzing flying saucers and colorful flowers—gave birth to the sprawling cast of painted characters that now populate the walls of the world’s cities. Energetic figures like Untitled (Concentric Man) or Cup Man in this original screenprint. 

    His was a life of endless energy combined with an urge to create so insistent that the art seems to have tumbled out of him as fast as he could make it. "The only time I am happy is when I am working," he wrote in one of his journals, and elsewhere, "Work is all I have and art is more important than life.”

    Which explains while Haring died in 1990 from an AIDS-related illness at just 31-years-old, he had already secured his place as an art icon and activist. In just ten years, he tackled issues such as sex, birth, death, and war. And during the darkest times of the AIDS crisis, Haring’s figures shone like a beacon with protest, hope, questions, unity, and defiance.

    Untitled (Concentric Man) or Cup Man (1989) by Keith Haring is an original screenprint. Untitled (Concentric Man) from the Kinderstern portfolio is hand signed in pencil and is an edition of 100. For more information about Keith Haring or Untitled (Concentric Man), please contact the gallery. SOLD.

  • John Baldessari Two Bowlers (with Questioning Person)

    For five decades, John Baldessari has been challenging audiences to reconsider the nature of art with wit, humour and a captivating visual sense. His work amuses, unsettles, questions and makes you look twice and think thrice; laugh out loud; and in general gain a sharpened awareness of the overlapping processes of art-making, art viewing and art thinking. “I go back and forth between wanting to be abundantly simple and maddeningly complex,” he said. 

    Mr. Baldessari’s art is saved from its own rigors by his love of color, born of his beginnings as a painter, and his passion for film. The original  screenprint and lithograph Two Bowlers (with Questioning Person) is an example of his masterful use of color creating a dyamic set of images. Baldessari has often said that he wants his work to make people stop and look, rather than just take it in passively. He accomplishes this in this piece with the compelling and puzzling composition and design. 

    At 87, what's next for the acclaimed "Godfather of Conceptual Art"? Emojis. "I just wondered what they'd look like large," He says. Baldessari finds the animal icons so stupid and fascinating, he has turned them into a vast menagerie, full of cheesy lines from films. 

    Two Bowlers (with Questioning Person) (1994) by John Baldessari is an original lithograph and screenprint. Two Bowlers (with Questioning Person) is an edition of 43. For more information about John Baldessari, or the the original lithograph and screenprint Two Bowlers (with Questioning Person), please contact the gallery. SOLD.