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- Object: Sailors
Images of sailors on four panels. 1972
Screenprint and photo-screenprint on white wove paper.
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Height: 375 millimetres (image)
Height: 625 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 335 millimetres
Width: 450 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print is based on 'Sailors', 1966, a four-panel acrylic painting made on Celotex, an industrially manufactured paper with a pronounced textured surface (reprod. in Richard Armstrong, 'Richard Artschwager', exh. cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1988, cat. no. 38, p. 81).
Text from Coppel, Daunt and Tallman, 'The American Dream: pop to the present', London: Thames and Hudson in association with the British Museum, 2017, cat. no. 142:
This print is derived from Sailors (1966), Artschwager’s four-panel painting in acrylic on Celotex. (Reproduced in Gross, fig. 39 (p. 39) and R. Armstrong, 'Artschwager, Richard', New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1988, cat. 38 (p. 81).) The white cruciform of the print replaces the polished metal frames that divide the four panels of the painting. The image is based on a black-and-white patriotic news photograph of a group of young Second World War sailors. Looking smart in their crisp uniforms and squinting into the sun, they appear carefree and oblivious of the experiences that await them. The window-like quartering of the image allows us only a partial view of this brief moment of apparent fresh-faced innocence and optimism. A sense of melancholy and loss is reinforced by Artschwager’s characteristic recreation of the grainy quality of the photograph. Artschwager began to use found imagery in his work in 1961, devising a method of enlarging and transferring an image onto canvas using a grid, anticipating the practice of photorealists such as Chuck Close. The majority of his early prints were based on pre-existing paintings. This screenprint was published in an untitled portfolio for the Cologne Art Fair by the Verein progressiver deutscher Kunsthändler (Association of Progressive German Art Dealers), Cologne. It was printed by Styria Studio, New York.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2017 9 Mar-18 Jun, London, BM, G30, The American Dream: pop to the present
2018 2 Jun-2 Sept, Paris, Fondation Custodia, The American Dream: pop to the present
2020-21 8 Oct-31 Jan, Madrid, La Caixa Forum, The American Dream: pop to the present
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