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Richard Anuszkiewicz (American, b.1930)
LOT ID: 88482
No. IV (from Der Spiegel portfolio), 1965

Screenprint
24.25 х 24.25 in. (61.6 x 61.6 cm.)
Signed, Hand signed from the edition of 125 on Schoellers Hammer Karton.
Print/Casting Year 1965
Edition 125
Foundry/Publisher Printer: Edition Domberger, Stuttgart, West Germany/Publisher: Galerie Der Spiegel, Koln, West Germany
Lot description
This uncommon and dazzling hand signed Op Art silkscreen is from the famous 1965 Galerie der Spiegel portfolio. (Six Seritypien). It is perfectly square, measuring 24 1/4" x 24 1/4". This particular work was featured as an impressive full page reproduction in the "Documenta Kassel" exhibition of the Sixties, Documenta 4, and is one of the artist's most iconic series from the 1960s. Other editions of this piece are already in the permanent collections of major museums like the Museum of Modern Art and Tate Galleries, making it difficult to come by in such good condition.

It is Schoellers Hammer Karton paper. (Printer: Edition Domberger, Stuttgart, West Germany; Publisher: Galerie Der Spiegel, Koln, West Germany.) The print is hand signed but not numbered, as the Der Spiegel portfolio was numbered on the colophon.

This Classic mid Century Op Art piece is referenced in the catalogue raisonne: Richard Anuszkiewicz Prints and Multiples 1964-79, with Checklist of Major Prints, Posters and Multiples, by David Brooks and Gene Baro, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, , 1st. edition, 1979 (pp 18-19).

Works from the Der Spiegel Portfolio were selected to represent Richard Anuszkiewicz at the prestigious 1968 Documenta Kassel exhibition and was published in their exhibition catalogue. Exhibition: 4. documenta Kassel, Germany, 1968, International Ausstellung, 27 Juni nis 6. Oktober 1968, Kaseel, Galerie an der Schonen Aussicht, Museum Fridericanum, Orangerie im Auepark 4. documenta Katalog 2, 1968, Verlag: Druck+Verlag Gmbh, Kassel.

Richard Anuszkiewicz is considered one of the founders of the Op Art movement in the United States. He began his career as a figurative artist, studying at the Cleveland Art Institute, but after winning a Pulitzer traveling fellowship to Yale University to study under Josef Albers, Anuszkiewicz' entire career changed, and he moved into colorful Op Art abstraction. He has been exhibiting for over six decades, and his work is in major museums and collections worldwide. Now in his mid-Eighties, Anuszkiewicz' is enjoying a huge resurgence in popularity. In recent times, both Christie's and Sotheby's announced they had achieved the highest prices ever for Anuszkiewicz' work at auction.

This work is in its original period frame with label from International Galleries, Chicago.
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No. IV (from Der Spiegel portfolio) by Richard Anuszkiewicz
  • No. IV (from Der Spiegel portfolio) by Richard Anuszkiewicz
  • No. IV (from Der Spiegel portfolio) by Richard Anuszkiewicz
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