Posters, Prints & Lithographs
Posters, Prints & Lithographs
Alexander Liberman / Meyer Schapiro Portfolio Untitled 1973
ALEXANDER LIBERMAN (1912-1999) USA
MEYER SCHAPIRO PORTFOLIO 1974
Silkscreen, patinated bronze frame
Signed: A. Liberman 1973, Artist’s proof, 2RC (embossed on paper)
Canvas: H: 33” x W: 25 1/2”
Frame: H: 42 1/2” x W 33 1/2”
Portfolio of 12 works, Edition of 100
Alexander Liberman’s family left the Soviet Union for London as exiles in 1921. Liberman studied there briefly before moving to Paris where he undertook philosophy and mathematics at the Sorbonne and architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts. In the 1930s Liberman designed stage sets, and worked on the staff of Vu, the first magazine illustrated with photographs. Although Liberman quickly earned the title of managing director, he left the magazine in 1936, and devoted himself to painting and writing. In 1941, he left Paris for New York. Again, he became involved in publishing after gaining employment at Vogue magazine. Twenty years later, in 1962, he became Editorial Director of all Condé Nast Publications, a position he held until he retired in 1994. During his time at Vogue, Liberman introduced 20th-century art to readers by using it as a backdrop for fashion shoots, as well as by profiling living artists in the magazine. As a painter, Liberman exhibited geometric circle paintings in galleries and museums around New York in the 1950s. Liberman also had an interest in sculpture, and began welding steel into public works in the late 1950s. These monochrome geometric sculptures are featured in over 40 cities worldwide.
George Manupelli “AC Sandino” Silk screen poster c. 1970
GEORGE MANUPELLI (1931-2014) USA
“AC Sandino” Silk screen poster c. 1970
Silk-screen with black and red ink.
This stylized “Ben-Day dot” technique image of Augusto Cesar Sandino (AC Sandino (1895-1934) was a Nicaraguan revolutionary and guerrilla leader), the poster is float mounted in a white gold leaf edged frame.
Signed: george manupelli (in ink below image) and in pencil script below black inked printed name
Poster dimensions: H: 35″ x W: 23″
Framed dimensions: H: 41 1/2″ x W: 29 1/2″ x D: 2 1/2″
George Manupelli was born in Boston's North End in 1931. A pioneer in experimental film since 1955, he has exhibited and won awards internationally including the 1964 Venice and 1965 Sao Paulo Biennials. He recently received and Avant- Garde Master Award for his Dr. Chicago films. He holds a Doctorate Degree from Columbia University (1959), and has taught at the University of Michigan, York University, was Dean of the San Francisco Art Institute, and was a Fellow at the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Studies. Manupelli founded the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 1963 and directed it for 17 years. He was also a member of the music theatre ONCE Group. His many films are in the archive of the Anthology Film Archives in New York City.
***This print is made from a 1930s photo of revolutionary Augusto Sandino.
Claire McCarthy Falkenstein, Chase, Structure-graphic, unique impression of metal sculptural forms on handmade paper (artist’s proof) 1955
CLAIRE MCCARTHY FALKENSTEIN (1908-1997) Coos Bay, OR
Structure-graphic, unique impression of metal sculptural forms on handmade paper (artist’s proof), steel frame.
Signed: “Claire Falkenstein ‘55” (on bottom right corner), “E prevue d’artiste” (on bottom left corner), #6, “Chase”, Structura grafica, Milano, Italy, Giorgo Unglio Shop (label on back)
*** A related structure-graphic from 1952-55 is in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.
Framed: H: 15 11/16” x 22 9/16”
Falkenstein was born in the first decade of the century and was still hard at work in the last. Her life was precisely coincident with the 20th century, and she was a full participant in the tumultuous events in the art world. Her work incorporated modern technology, process, assemblage, chance, light, space, and what has been called “anti-form” as creative principles. Falkenstein was a contemporary of the Abstract Expressionists but, in fact, started sooner, lasted longer, and surpassed them in formal vocabulary, in the variety of materials she used and in her highly experimental techniques. Starting her career, (working, teaching and exhibiting} in San Francisco until 1950 when she moved to Paris for a dozen years to pursue her art career, where her association with critic Michel Tapié and his group Art Autre developed into many commissions including the gates at the home of her longtime friend Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, Italy. She returned to Venice, California in 1960. In other words, like a heat-seeking missile, she found and participated in the liveliest and most challenging art centers of the time. During her career she created over four thousand sculptures, paintings, and drawings, and became known for her innovative and often controversial abstract public art. Among major commissions were the windows for St. Basil’s Catholic Church, and fountains at California Federal Savings (now destroyed) and California State University. Putting her in the immediate milieu of many of the century’s greatest artists, she studied, worked, competed, collaborated and, in several cases, became close personal friends with several, including Alexander Archipenko, Clyfford Still, David Smith, Hans Arp, Mark Tobey, Antoni Tapies and Alberto Giacometti. Many years later, she said: “…there were marvelous things, marvelous people, but I took it all in stride. I was completely engrossed in what I was doing. There were people who were accustomed to being treated with deference and I guess I didn’t – and I guess that’s why they got interested.” (Falkenstein, Oral History, UCLA) Throughout Falkenstein’s career, she created a prodigious amount and variety of work, well beyond the traditional categories of painting and sculpture. She explored printmaking, ceramics, functional art, jewelry, and public monuments — ranging from the miniature (jewelry) to the colossal (50’ fountains and 100’ stained glass windows). And in each of these areas, her accomplishment has been consistently and unmistakably of historical significance.
Claes Oldenburg / Meyer Shapiro Portfolio, One of the 12 (limited edition) prints 1974
CLAES OLDENBURG (b. 1929) USA
MEYER SCHAPIRO PORTFOLIO 1974
One of the 12 (limited edition) prints (from the Meyer Schapiro Portfolio) 1974
Limited edition print 1974
Signed: CO (artist’s monogram) 1974 X/XIII
Image H: 31 1/2” x W: 18”
Framed: H: 35 1/4” x W: 23 1/4”
GALERIE CARREFOUR 141 Boulevard Raspail, Paris Vérité Collection Wood block print poster, ARTS PRIMITIFS, CARREFOUR, 141 BD RASPAIL, DAN 5803 c. 1948
GALERIE CARREFOUR 141Boulevard Raspail, Paris
Vérité Collection Wood block print poster “ARTS PRIMITIFS, CARREFOUR, 141 BD RASPAIL, DAN 5803″ c. 1948
Float mounted in a finely contoured oak frame.
Inscribed to: A Monsieur E Mme Breton, Vérité Image dimension:
H: 19 1/2″ x W: 12 3/4″
Framed dimension: H: 26 3/4″ x W: 19 3/4”
The Vérité Collection of primitive arts started after World War 1 in 1920. Pierre Vérité, a young artist started buying primitive art before anyone else. Vérité opened a small store selling exclusively tribal art in 1931 in conjunction with the Paris Colonial Exposition. Pierre Vérité regarded “primitive arts” as art, and it is the raw power of these primitive pieces that changed the history of 20th-century European culture. In 1936, he opened the Galerie Carrefour on the Boulevard Raspail, which was a hangout for artists and collectors such as Pablo Picasso, Helena Rubenstein, Nancy Cunard and Andre Breton. Tribal art was one of the key influences on Pablo Picasso and he often dropped into Pierre Vérité’s Galerie Carrefour in Paris to buy masks and carvings from Africa and Oceania. Henri Matisse was also a regular visitor, as were other artists such as Fernand Léger and Maurice de Vlaminck, while Vérité used to browse Parisian flea markets with André Breton, Surrealism’s chief theorist. In the decades that followed the opening of the gallery, the Vérité family’s client list grew to include Hollywood stars and leading museum curators, as well as some of the greatest names in 20th-century art. Vérité very quickly became the most important art dealer for primitive arts. In the 1948, Pierre’s son Claude became increasingly involved in the gallery. He went on African expeditions, collecting objects and information, and took photographs to document his travels, while his wife Jeannine was running the gallery operations. With Claude and Jeannine joining the gallery, Galerie Carrefour showed at all “Art Primitifs” exhibitions in Europe and the United States. The gallery established itself as the most important player in tribal arts in the world and exhibited until the 1990’s.