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Pierre Alechinsky (b. 1927): Big prints with big margins

Boxes / Central Park / Critters / Drawings / Faces / Grandes Marges / Hors Texte
Labyrinths / Landscapes / Mark-Making / Screamers / Snakes / Transformations / Venice / Volcanoes
In the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Snake comes every twelve years. For Alechinsky, a founding member of COBRA (an acronym for the cities that contributed members to the group, Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam), the Year of the Snake can be an auspicious one. In 1977, also the Year of the Snake, Alechinsky was awarded the first Andrew W. Mellon Prize for Painting and executed one of the prints we are featuring, also called The Year of the Snake. In 1989, Alechinsky's Guggenheim retrospective which had been traveling in Europe for almost two years had finally come to its end, in 2001, we celebrated the Year of the Snake with a large show of Alechinsky's original prints and several drawings; in 2013, the Year of the Sanke will come again, but we have no intention of waiting until then. Only time will tellwhen, but time is whispering in our ears, why not in the fall of 2009 in a salute to Alechinsky's turning 81 (9x9, a number that probably has not significance whatsoever so far as Alechinsky is concerned). We are featuring lots of Alechinsky's favorite images: Central Park, snakes, volcanoes, gardens, dog-kings, smiling crocodiles and sea monsters, and people existing as best they can in a world that often seems to invite extreme emotional responses. (Sometimes you just want to scream!) Still, the central act of Alechinsky's art is the making of marks on a sheet of paper, on a canvas, on a copperplate, on a lithographic stone: for that is what distinguishes artists (visual or verbal) from destroyers.
En voie de disparition dans les grandes marges. Original color etching with hand-stencilled watercolor, 1984. One of a series of larger pieces dealing, for the most part, with the collisions of the natural world with human attempts to impose order on it. 50 signed and numbered impressions. Image size: 800x1200mm. Price: $9500.
Pleine page et grandes marges. Original etching with hand-stencilled watercolor, 1984. 50 signed and numbered impressions. Image size: 1350x950mm. Price: $9500.
Estocade. Original etching with hand-stencilled watercolor, 1984. 50 signed and numbered impressions. Image size: 1350x950mm. Price: $9500.
Sedentaire avec grande marges. Original etching with hand-stencilled watercolor, 1984. 50 signed and numbered impressions. Image size: 1350x950mm. Price: $9500.

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