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  • Henri Matisse Pasiphae

    In 1940, French playwright Henri de Montherlant sat for a portrait for  Henri Matisse; it was during these sittings that the author and artist decided on a collaboration. Henri Matisse admired de Montherlant’s dramatic retelling of the Pasiphae myth. In Greek mythology, Pasiphae was the cursed wife of King Minos and the mother of the Minotaur, the half-bull, half-human creature. 

    After the First World War the Minotaur became a potent symbol for many artists in France. Its half-human status was thought to represent the dividedness of the self, and the fact that it was hidden away in the depths of the earth represented the monstrosity at the heart of all great civilizations. For the Surrealists, the creature represented sexual desire, taboo, lust and decadence. Pablo Picasso made hundreds of pictures of the Minotaur’s debauchery.

    However, Henri Matisse’s linocuts reflect not on the monstrous tragedy of the tale, but on the enduring themes of passion, love and beauty. Henri Matisse was exploring the Minotaur during the Second World War when he was 70, sick, helpless, and fearful for his family and friends. To cope with this anxiety, Henri Matisse focused on his work and the young models who posed for him. “That’s what keeps me there, surrounded by my fruit and flowers which I get to grips with little by little, almost without noticing . . . and then I wait for the thunderbolt [of love at first sight] that is bound to follow.” 

    Henri Matisse himself knew perfectly well that the erotic charge in his work came from a passionate desire that overrode straightforward lust. It was painting itself that seduced him over and over again. 

    Pasiphae, Plate 30 (1981) is an original linocut on Rives and is the edition XV/XXV. The Pasiphae portfolio is referenced in Duthuit 38. Please contact the gallery for more information about Pasiphae, or about Henri Matisse. $1,895 framed

    • Alexander Calder La Memoire Elementaire

      “Memories of childhood were the dreams that stayed with you after you woke.” ― Julian Barnes

       

      The Portfolio La Memoire Elémentaire (The Elementary Memory) by Alexander Calder is a whimsical exploration of the mind. The original lithograph  Untitled, La Memoire Elémentaire conjures the images of a dreamscape and speaks to the ephemeral nature of memories. Although this original print is still, unlike Alexander Calder’s mobiles, the shapes feel as if they are going to continue to rise, floating right off the paper. 

      “Don't you wish you could take a single childhood memory and blow it up into a bubble and live inside it forever?” ― Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake

      Alexander Calder’s gravity as an artist cannot be separated from his insistence that ephemeral pleasure is a sufficient goal for both good art and a good life. Calder took everything seriously except seriousness. In historical photographs, Calder often seems to be amusing himself in his workshop. Calder’s instinctual experimentation resulted in an extended legacy, now loudly resounding in contemporary art of the twenty-first century.

      “Candy is childhood, the best and bright moments you wish could have lasted forever.” ― Dylan Lauren

      Untitled from the portfolio La Memoire Elémentaire by Alexander Calder is an original lithograph in colors on Japon nacre. Untitled, La Memoire Elémentaire is edition XIX/L, from an edition of 50, and is hand signed and numbered in pencil. For more information about Alexander Calder, or if you would like to purchase Untitled, La Memoire Elémentaire, please contact the gallery. SOLD.

      • KAWS Blame Game Portfolio 2014

        KAWS has been compared to Andy Warhol for his factory-like output, but in fact he’s more like Keith Haring, who also made his name by being a vandal, doodling in the black rectangles left behind by torn-down subway ads. Both KAWS and Haring created ways for people to purchase their art inexpensively by making different products adorning their high energy and brightly colored art.

        Starting around 2011, KAWS’ works have become increasingly fragmented, jumbled, and abstract. Though he's still using bold colors and bright lines, his characters are dissolving into intangible fields of color or merging into splatters that are completely new to the artist's work—KAWS is dissolving into unseen territory. This new evolution of KAWS art is seen in the ten screenprints in the portfolio Blame Game (2014).  

        The works in the portfolio Blame Game still include images of his classic characters Companion, Accomplice, Chum and Bendy, but we are given a close up view of each of their faces. Their facial expressions contain a wide variety of emotions from dismay, excitement, fear, joy and curiosity. These screen prints give the characters more animated and dynamic expression than the stagnant sculptures that KAWS was making over a decade ago. 

        The portfolio Blame Game by KAWS, was created in 2014 and is are original screenprints on Saunders Waterford 410gsm High White Paper. Blame Game is an edition of 100 and is signed and numbered on the lower right, recto (each). For more information about KAWS, or if you would like to purchase Blame Game, please contact the gallery. Call For Value.

        • Andy Warhol Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan)

          Andy Warhol’s iconic images of 20th-century leaders inspired spirited debate about the pairing of politics and pop culture. Warhol was captivated by the blurring boundaries between political stomping grounds and star-studded circles, where reinvention is an art and “politicians and actors can change their personalities like chameleons,” he once said.

          The original screenprint  Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) is from the portfolio “Ads” by Andy Warhol. In the portfolio, unlikely logos and mascots are placed together to create an unique sociopolitical narrative. The image of the Former United States President was taken from an actual series of advertisements for Van Heusen dress shirts while Ronald Reagan was still an actor in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

          Also featured in the “Ads” portfolio, James Dean is placed next to Japanese characters in Rebel without a Cause. By pairing these screen prints together, Andy Warhol draws comparison between the president and the actor to products one would see in a billboard ad. Andy Warhol said “I met someone on the street who said wasn’t it great that we’re going to have a movie star for president, that it was so Pop, and when you think about it like that, it is great, it’s so American.”

          Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) (1985) from the portfolio Ads is an original screen print on Lenox Museum Board. Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) is hand signed in pencil and is an edition of 190. Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) is referenced in Feldman 68, II.356. For more information about Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) or Andy Warhol please contact the gallery. Call for Value.

          • Jean-Michel Basquiat Set of Four (Wolf Sausage, King Brand, Dog Leg Study, Undiscovered Genius)

            The mythology around  Jean-Michel Basquiat continues to proliferate since his death. The biography of his life reads like a cautionary tale on the perils of success: the early years in the graffiti movement; the sudden media attention on the East Village art scene; the highly publicized friendship with Andy Warhol; the meteoric rise of auction and gallery sales; the heroin addiction.

            Underneath it all, Jean- Michel Basquiat was a critical thinker and conceptual artist, concerned about the the historical legacy and current effects of racism, colonialism and class. “Who do you make a painting for?” he was asked in a filmed interview in October 1985, and he was silent for a long time. “Do you make it for you?” the interviewer continued. “I think I make it for myself, but ultimately for the world, you know,” Basquiat said

            Most of his works use symbols of crowns, bones, sugar, corn, teeth, and others, though it is probably impossible to decipher every symbol in a single work. Part of what makes Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work so consistently fascinating—and even frustrating—is the lack of a one-to-one correspondence between symbols and predetermined values. The complexity and layering of personal and political ideas allows the viewer to also think deeply about these concepts, and gain new insight each time.

            Set of four original screen prints (Wolf Sausage, King Brand, Dog Leg Study, Undiscovered Genius) by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1982-83/2019). Wolf Sausage, King Brand, Dog Leg Study, Undiscovered Genius an edition of 50 and are published by Flatiron Editions. Jean-Michel 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 is stamped and signed by Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, the artist’s sisters and administrators of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. For more information about Wolf Sausage, King Brand, Dog Leg Study, Undiscovered Genius and Jean-Michel Basquiat, please contact the gallery. Call for value.