Recent Acquisitions: Prints and Drawings 1911-2009
Leslie Sacks Fine Art, Brentwood is pleased to present an exhibition of the most recent additions to the gallery’s collection.
The earliest work in this exhibition dates back to 1911, a cubist still life etching entitled Palby Georges Braque. (“Pal” is an abbreviation for “pale ale,” this being a rendering of a beer bottle and glass on a table.) One of only ten known Braque prints from the early cubist period, Pal is the only one in an oval format, echoing the oval paintings he was executing at the same time. “With the oval format, I rediscovered the sense of horizontal and vertical,” he quipped. An example of Pal is held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Other early 20th century works in the exhibition include a Marc Chagall lithograph from the Daphnis et Chloe series and a drypoint etching from Picasso’s famed Vollard Suite. The 1933 Picasso print tells the erotic story of the minotaur, a central figure in the Vollard Suite and widely interpreted as the artist’s self-portrait. Other modern artists in the exhibition include Henri Matisse and Joan Miró.
From the post-war contemporary masterworks in the exhibition, the most iconic work is arguably Target with Four Faces by Jasper Johns from 1979. Based on Johns’ groundbreaking 1955 painting-slash-object of the same name (which is also in MoMA’s permanent collection), this etching-aquatint’s delicate crosshatched strokes echo the soft lines and textures of the Braque and Picasso mentioned above. Johns therefore not only reappropriates and softens the familiar iconography of the militaristic target, but also carries forth a graphical tradition utilized by the modern masters like Picasso and Braque. More recently executed works include a Damien Hirst “spot” screenprint from 2007 entitled Ellipticine and a minimal but textual Ed Ruscha lithograph, It is a Go from 2009. The other post-war and contemporary artists featured are Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella and Wayne Thiebaud.
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