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Pierre Alechinsky (b. 1927): Venice

The Dog King / Boxes / Central Park / Critters / Drawings / Faces / Grandes Marges / Hors Texte
Labyrinths / Landscapes / Maps / Mark-Making / Screamers / Snakes / Transformations / Venice / Volcanoes
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In the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Snake comes every twelve years. For Pierre 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. Spaightwood Galleries began in 1980, so we missed our 1977 observance, but by 1989, Alechinsky's Guggenheim retrospective (which had been traveling in Europe for almost two years) had finally come to its end, and Spaightwood presented our first major Alechinsky show and purchased a small oil painting on canvas by the artist. In 2001, we once again celebrated the Year of the Snake with an Alechinsky show, founded upon our acquisition of large numbers of the two pieces published in 1977 to celebrate his Mellon prize and augmented by many more recent etchings and lithographs published by Galerie Lelong. Now, in 2013, as the Year of the Snake winds down to its close no sooner than mid-April, we are presenting our largest Alechinsky show to date. In our Upton space, we can fit more Alechinsky’s on the walls than ever before—97 on the walls (some of them quite large) and more leaning against the bookshelves beneath the walls where the others are hanging—and we plan to luxuriate in lots of Alechinsky's favorite images: maps, Papiers traités, 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!) 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.
Venise / Venice (A. 110) Original color lithograph, 1960. 75 signed & numbered impressions of which ours is n. 49/75. It must have been a foggy day when Alechinsky came to Venice, for his Venice is shrouded in fog and mist rather than glowing like the jewel of the Aegean. In his Venice, Venice herself is always masked. This lithograph was reproduced on the cover of the catalogue of the Belgian Pavillon at the XXX Venice Biennalle in 1960. Printed at Moulot imprimateur, Paris and published by the Ministère de l'Éducation Nationalle, Bruxelles. Rare. Image size: 250x431mm. Price: $3500.
Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise II / These dresses remind me of Venice (Michel Butor and Michel Sicard, Alechinsky: Travaux d'impression (Paris: Editions Galilée, 1992, #64[a]). Original color etching, 1988. 120 signed impressions for the deluxe portfolio of the same title. Our impression is one of 14 HCs from portfolio L/N. Image size: 280x189mm. Price: $2500.

This work (and the 4 others below) was published in Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise with texts from the works of Marcel Proust. It was printed at Atelier Morsang in Paris and published by Fata Morgana in 1988. The 5 etchings were published in an unbound portfolio and we are offering each of the etchings for $2500. The entire portfolio is available for $10,000.
Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise II / These dresses remind me of Venice (Michel Butor and Michel Sicard, Alechinsky: Travaux d'impression (Paris: Editions Galilée, 1992, #64[b]). Original color etching, 1988. 120 signed impressions for the deluxe portfolio of the same title. Our impression is one of 14 HCs from portfolio L/N. Image size: 280x189mm. Price: $2500.

This work (and the 4 others from this portfolio) was published in Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise with texts from the works of Marcel Proust. It was printed at Atelier Morsang in Paris and published by Fata Morgana in 1988. The 5 etchings were published in an unbound portfolio and we are offering each of the etchings for $2500. The entire portfolio is available for $10,000.
Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise III / These dresses remind me of Venice (Michel Butor and Michel Sicard, Alechinsky: Travaux d'impression (Paris: Editions Galilée, 1992, #64[c]). Original color etching, 1988. 120 signed impressions for the deluxe portfolio of the same title. Our impression is one of 14 HCs from portfolio L/N. Image size: 280x189mm. Price: $2500.

This work (and the 4 others from this portfolio) was published in Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise with texts from the works of Marcel Proust. It was printed at Atelier Morsang in Paris and published by Fata Morgana in 1988. The 5 etchings were published in an unbound portfolio and we are offering each of the etchings for $2500. The entire portfolio is available for $10,000.
Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise IV / These dresses remind me of Venice (Michel Butor and Michel Sicard, Alechinsky: Travaux d'impression (Paris: Editions Galilée, 1992, #64[d]). Original color etching, 1988. 120 signed impressions for the deluxe portfolio of the same title. Our impression is one of 14 HCs from portfolio L/N. Image size: 280x189mm. Price: $2500.

This work (and the 4 others from this portfolio) was published in Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise with texts from the works of Marcel Proust. It was printed at Atelier Morsang in Paris and published by Fata Morgana in 1988. The 5 etchings were published in an unbound portfolio and we are offering each of the etchings for $2500. The entire portfolio is available for $10,000.
Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise V / These dresses remind me of Venice (Michel Butor and Michel Sicard, Alechinsky: Travaux d'impression (Paris: Editions Galilée, 1992, #64[e]). Original color etching, 1988. 120 signed impressions for the deluxe portfolio of the same title. Our impression is one of 14 HCs from portfolio L/N. Image size: 280x189mm. Price: $2500.

This work (and the 4 others from this portfolio) was published in Ces robes qui m'evoquaient Venise with texts from the works of Marcel Proust. It was printed at Atelier Morsang in Paris and published by Fata Morgana in 1988. The 5 etchings were published in an unbound portfolio and we are offering each of the etchings for $2500. The entire portfolio is available for $10,000.
Vers l'eau / Towards the water. Original color etching, 1987. 75 impressions on hand-made paper. The subject of this etching eludes me. We are told that once upon a time living creatures came from the sea onto the land; in that case, the title suggests a reversal of that process may be taking place (or perhaps that it should he taking place?). On the other hand, anything having to do with water almost automatically makes me think of Venice, the jewel set in the Adriatic (which occasionally comes up for a visit). It makes me remember that in the not so distant past, each new Doge sailed out onto the lagoon and married the Adriatic. Quite arbitrarily, then, I have placed this here where there is, at least, a community of interest! Image size: 395x295mm. Price: $2000.
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ALthough it may not be clear from our photograph, this is printed in black and violet (the rather subtle violet may be seen in the borders and the lower half of the image, suggesting the froth of the wave..

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