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  • Robert Mapplethorpe Silver Dollar - Black & White

    As one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, Robert Mapplethorpe often referred to himself as the new Michelangelo. He gained a renowned reputation for his masterful compositions that reflected his love of classical sculpture. “You create your own world,” he said. “The one that I want to live in is very precise, very controlled.” Mapplethorpe’s ambition, and the very idea of striving for transcendence, perfection and immortality, is central to every photograph. 

    His style is present regardless of subject matter, from erotic nudes to self-portraits and flowers, as he ceaselessly strove for what he called "perfection of form.” This silver gelatin photograph Silver Dollar - Black and White, is just one example of compositional perfection. The coin is centered and it’s edges touch the triangle edge ever so slightly. The tension arises from the arrow pointing up and the portrait of the coin facing left. 

    Silver Dollar was created in 1988, when Mapplethorpe would have known he was dying from HIV/AIDS. He was at the height of his career, making the most money he ever had, and expressed in one of his last interviews how very frustrated he was that he would not be around to experience the fruits of his labor. He spent his last years setting up The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to manage his work and fund HIV/AIDS research. In all these ways, money played a central and complex role at this time of his life.

    Silver Dollar- Black and White by Robert Mapplethorpe, was created in 1988 and is an original silver gelatin. Silver Dollar - Black and White is an edition of 10 and is hand signed and numbered on the back. For more information about Robert Mapplethorpe, or if you would like to purchase Silver Dollar - Black and White, please contact the gallery. $5,995 framed.

    • Charles Sorlier after Marc Chagall Avenue De La Victoire at Nice

       

       The French Riviera was energized with a cultural vitality, youthful spirit, and sense of possibility that would characterize the decade of the 1960s. After returning to Europe. Marc Chagall came to call the French Rivera home and become influenced by it's beautiful mediterranean landscape. The summer of 1960 held the exhibitions of Chagall, Dubuffet and Matisse in Vence, Picasso’s ceramics in Vallauris, and the Chapelle Saint-Pierre in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

      The street depicted in Avenue De La Victorie at Nice is of one of the city’s main roads that hosted parades and celebrations. The Avenue was named “Avenue de la Victorie” in 1918 right after World War I. The woman in the lithograph represents Lady Victory, who is handing out a bouquet of flowers to her people. Chagall once said, “You could wonder for hours what flowers mean, but for me, they’re life itself, in all its happy brilliance. We couldn’t do without flowers. Flowers help you forget life’s tragedies.”

      Avenue De La Victorie at Nice by Charles Sorlier after Marc Chagall, is an original lithograph. This work is a creative collboration between Charles Sorlier and Marc Chagall. Sorlier worked under the direct supervision of Chagall. Avenue De La Victorie at Nice is hand signed in pencil by Chagall and is referenced in CS 31. For more information about Marc Chagall, or if you would like to purchase Avenue De La Victorie at Nice, please contact the gallery. Call For Value.

      • Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled (Ernok)

         Untitled (Ernok) was created in 1982, during the height of Basquiat’s deep fixation with anatomy and interest in the representation of black people in history and art history. I wondered about the word “Ernok.” Was it a name? A word in another language? A historical figure or artist?

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        “I cross out words so you will see them more: the fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.” - Jean-Michael Basquiat

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        “The joy of a Basquiat painting is that you not only behold but actively engage. Words mean things—but here their meaning is layered, nuanced, and complex.” - Miss Rosen

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        “(Basquiat has the) innate capacity to function as something like an oracle, distilling his perceptions of the outside world down to their essence and, in turn, projecting them outward through his creative acts.” -Fred Hoffman

        Untitled (Ernok) is one of a portfolio of four hand pulled limited edition screenprints produced at Brand X Editions, New York. Unititled (Rinso), Unititled (Head), and Untitled (Per Capita) are all a 21 color screenprint on paper. Basquiat produced less than ten different prints during his lifetime, and this suite was released posthumously by The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Each screenprint bears the signature of Gerard Basquiat, Administrator of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. For more information about Untitled (Ernok) snd Jean-Michel Basquiat. SOLD


        • Roy Lichtenstein Crying Girl

          In the early 1960s, Roy Lichtenstein produced several "fantasy drama" paintings of women in love affairs with domineering men causing women to be miserable. Those paintings led to Crying Girl in 1963 and other paintings of innocent "girls next door" in a variety of tenuous emotional states.

          Picasso's depictions of weeping women may have influenced Lichtenstein to produce portrayals of vulnerable teary-eyed women. “Picasso's always been such a huge influence that I thought when I started the cartoon paintings that I was getting away from Picasso, and even my cartoons of Picasso were done almost to rid myself of his influence.”

          When, in 1964, Françoise Gilot published Life with Picasso, a forthright memoir of her 10-year relationship, Roy Lichtenstein turned to his then girlfriend, Letty Eisenhauer, and said: “I worry about the day that you do a Gilot to my Picasso.” However, it wasn't until after his death and she was in her 70’s when she finally spoke about their brief relationship. She didn’t reveal him to be an egotistical painter as Lichtenstien had previous joked, rather she gave more insight into his secret inner world and painful personal life. "Take his series of crying girls. I think Roy was always very angry with Isabel. So occasionally, in his paintings, I think that he revealed something of himself."

          Crying Girl is an original offset lithograph and is referenced in Corlett II.1. Crying Girl is hand signed in pencil. For more information about Roy Lichtenstien or Crying Girl please contact the gallery. SOLD.


          • Keith Haring United Nations International Youth Year

            Recognizing that early exposure to artwork and unfettered creative expression can go a long way in opening up new modes of viewing the world,  Keith Haring was tireless in his work with children of all ages and backgrounds. Fittingly in the height of his career, the year 1985 was proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Youth Year. The main objective of the year was to stimulate public awareness of the needs and aspirations of young people and ensure their active participation in economic and social development and the construction of peace.

            Keith Haring was commissioned to create the original lithograph United Nations International Youth Year to accompany the United Nations’ stamp issue of 1985. Haring's youth-focused projects were numerous in his short career. They included huge collaboratons like painting a 90 foot banner of the Statue of Liberty with over 1,000 kids, and simple projects like passing out free coloring books at the first Children's Worlds Fair.

             “Whatever else I am,” he mused in a 1987 journal entry, "I’m sure I, at least, have been a good companion to a lot of children and maybe have touched their lives in a way that will be passed on through time, and taught them a kind of simple lesson of sharing and caring.” When he died, he chose to dedicate his foundation to raising AIDS awareness and supporting children’s programs.

            United Nations International Youth Year by Keith Haring is an original lithograph. United Nations International Youth Year is hand signed in pencil and is an edition of 1000. For more information about Keith Haring or Nations International Youth Year, please contact the gallery. SOLD.