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Pierre Alechinsky: Labyrinths

Our Alechinsky pages are arranged thematically and/or by series.
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Boxes / Central Park / Critters / Drawings / Faces / Grandes Marges / Hors Texte
Labyrinths / Landscapes / Mark-Making / Screamers / Snakes / Transformations / Venice / Volcanoes

Alechinsky Specials
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.
Labyrinthe et reine / Crapaud et labyrinthe (A. 249-250). Original color etchings, 1965. 60 signed & numbered impressions. These two etchings were both printed on the same sheet and signed by Alechinsky and by Alberto Gironella, an important Mexican artist with whom Alechinsky collaborated. Image size: 249x159mm. Price: $2000..
Labyrinth d' apparat (A. 600) Original color lithograph, 1973. 100 signed & numbered impressions. Published by Imprimerie Clot, Paris, with their blindstamp. Image size: 760x545mm. Price: SOLD
Labyrinth d' apparat (A. 601) Original color lithograph, 1973. 100 signed & numbered impressions. Published by Imprimerie Clot, Paris, with their blindstamp. Image size: 760x545mm. Price: $3500.
Seoul 88. Original color lithograph, 1988. Edition: 300 signed and numbered impressions plus 30 artists proofs printed by Galerie Lelong, Paris, for the 1988 Olympic Print Portfolio. The work was never published because the Olympic Portfolio publisher went backrupt. We have been told by one of the principal creditors that while the prints were in storage awaiting the outcome of the bankruptcy proceedings, many of the prints were ruined by water damage. All of our impressions, however, are in excellent condition. The central image is that of a manhole cover, but the manhole cover is also a near prefect representation of a labyrinth as seen in medieval and Renaissance art and gardens. Image size: 760x560mm. Price: $3250.
Ligne B V V. Original color lithograph and etching, 1983. 90 signed and numbered impressions. This is Alechinsky's tribute to his friend, Bram van Velde, the great Dutch expressionist who inspired both the COBRA artists and the European abstract expressionists of the Art Informel movement. Image size: 650x485mm. Price: $3500.
Coin jaune / The yellow corner. Original color lithograph, 1977. 125 signed & numbered impressions. 299x201mm. Price: SOLD.
Emortilys. Original etching, 1984. 60 signed & numbered impressions on wove paper. An ironic exploration of the nature of immortality, the ultimate labyinth that just goes on forever. 174x110mm. Price: $2500.
Le Denouement (A. 276) Original lithograph, 1967 40 signed & numbered impressions. Rare. Image size: 380x500mm. Price: $3,500.
Pierre Alechinsky-Claude Simon, Placard. Original color lithograph, 1986. 400 signed and numbered impressions. Simon, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and Alechinsky, winner of the first Andrew W. Mellon Prize for Painting, the Nobel Prize for artists), collaborated on this piece in which Alechinsky gives us a speaking picture of Simon's text. Since Simon's Nobel was awarded him, this piece has become quite scarce. Image size: 586x776mm (matted in a 36x28 inch sheet of archival acid-free museum board). Price: $3250.

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