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Pierre Alechinsky (b. 1927): The Scream(s)

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
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.
Several little-known facts are here demonstrated: volcanoes explode when their snakes feel like they have a fire in their stomachs, volcanoes explode when they feel they have a lot to give, volcanoes explode when it is time for fireworks.
Schismes 1 (Maeght 1979, p. 5) Original color lithograph, 1978. 150 signed & numbered impressions. Image size: 325x240mm. Price: $1800.
Schismes 1I (Maeght 1979, p. 5) Original color lithograph, 1978. 150 signed & numbered impressions. Image size: 325x240mm. Price: $1800.
Schismes 1V (Maeght 1979, p. 5) Original color lithograph, 1978. 150 signed & numbered impressions. Image size: 325x240mm. Price: $1800.
Sans Titre I (A. 201). Original color lithograph, 1963. Original color lithograph, 1963. 2000 unsigned impressions for the catalogue of the VIIth Biennale de Sao Paulo (Participation Belge). Image size: 239x408mm. Price: $600.
Sans Titre II (A. 202).Original color lithograph, 1963. Original color lithograph, 1963. 2000 unsigned impressions for the catalogue of the VIIth Biennale de Sao Paulo (Participation Belge). Image size: 239x408mm. Price: $600.
Un coup de marteau (A. 200). Original color lithograph, 1963. 2000 unsigned impressions for the cover of the catalogue of the VIIth Biennale de Sao Paulo (Participation Belge). With the centerfold. Image size: 238x420mm. Price: $750.
Crayonnement (A. 525). Original color lithograph, 1972. 100 signed and numbered impressions plus xv artist's proofs. A violent and chaotic image of a wheel or whirlpool of heads circling incessantly. Image size: 490x335mm. Price: $3000.
D'une venue (ML 1985, p. 17). Original color lithograph, 1984. 150 signed & numbered impressions as ours plus an unknown edition (c. 2000 impressions) signed in the stone. Image size: 315x440mm. Price: $2500.
Que se passe-t-il? / What's happening (A. 189). Original color lithograph, 1963. 100 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper (of which this is one) plus an edition of c. 1500, signed in the stone, for the catalogue of a show at the Stedelijk von Abbey Museum. Image size: 330x505mmm. Price: $3500.
Pierre Alechinsky, Paintings and Writings (Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum, 1977). Published on the occasion of the award of the first Mellon Prize to Alechinsky, the deluxe edition of 100 is signed by Alechinsky. The book contains essays by Alechinsky on artists like Joan Miró and Bram van Velde, stories by Alechinsky, a photoducmentation of COBRA, and a good selection of Alechinsky's most important early paintings. The work is decorated by reproductions of drawings done especially for the volume. Although unsigned copies are presently selling for as much as $125 in the used book market, we are pleased to be able to offer several used copies for $50.00 each.

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