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Richard Lindner (American/German, 1901–1978)
LOT ID: 89815
We Are All One (from Portfolio 9), 1967

Lithograph
20.3 х 13.2 in. (51.56 x 33.53 cm.)
Signed, plate signed, stamped, hand signed and numbered in pencil
plate signed as well
bears printer's distinctive blindstamp
Print/Casting Year 1967
Edition 100
Foundry/Publisher ollander Workshop, New York, Printed by Irwin Hollander
Lot description
This fantastic 1960s lithograph was created by Pop Artist Richard Linder as part of the legendary 'Portfolio 9' in 1967.

Lindner is beginning to be re-disovered for his wonderfully distinctive and original erotic imagery. His pop contributions stem from his recognition of advertising as an important element in visual art. Like Andy Warhol, he was a commercial artist in New York and his works reflect his interest in urban subjects and advertising.

This classic lithograph came from the original Portfolio 9, which featured nine of the most important artists of the era, representative of the three major trends: Pop Art, Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism: Roy Lichtenstein, Saul Steinberg, Robert Motherwell, Henry Pearson, Louise Nevelson, Sam Francis, Willem de Kooning- and Ellsworth Kelly. All of the works, including Lindner's "We Are All One", were housed in a gray cloth-colored box with maroon paper inner panels and a large maroon "9" - which Lindner was also chosen to design.

The Introduction to the portfolio was written by Una E. Johnson, Curator of Prints & Drawings, The Brooklyn Museum. Wrote Johnson in 1967 for the colophon page: "The artists were selected to demonstrate the great diversity and character of lithography in the United States today...the dialogue of diverse forms and many faceted idioms that compose this graphic journal mirror the eloquence and delight the strengths and caprices of a period. Furthermore, they reflect in fine measure the creative achievements of artists attuned to their time.."

Nearly half a century later, this print has become more scarce, as so many of the 100 are already in the collections of major institutions world wide including the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art and the Albright Knox Gallery. "We Are All One" has superb provenance: it comes directly from 'Portfolio 9', numbered 9/100. (The fact that it happens to be number 9 - from Portfolio 9 makes it especially collectible!) This is the very first time since 1967 that this hand signed & numbered print will be separated from the original portfolio presentation box.

Painter Richard Lindner's highly idiosyncratic work incorporates elements of his personal history, as well as literary associations. The element of introspection separates his work from pop art. He was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1901 to an American mother and a German father. After a brief career as a concert pianist, in 1925 Lindner entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Eventually, he became an art director for Knorr & Hirth, a publisher closely associated with the Nazis. There, Lindner met high-ranking Nazis, including Hitler. The day after the Nazis came to power in 1933, he fled to Paris, where he was imprisoned. Finally, in 1941, he arrived in New York City.

Liudner worked as an illustrator for Vogue, Fortune and Harper's Bazaar. He began painting seriously in 1952, holding his first one-man exhibit in 1954. His style blends a mechanistic cubism with personal images and haunting symbolism. His favorite subject was bizarre women. Corsets and straps emphasize their sexual qualities - imagery that was at once retro and modern, but that also fit in well with the zeitgeist of the Sixties sexual revolution. (Many collectors don't realize that Lindner's mother worked in the corset industry, so his works are often autobiographical and even nostalgic for the family he had lost.)

Though he became a United States citizen in 1948, Lindner considered himself a New Yorker, but not a true American. However, over the course of time, his continental circus women became New York City streetwalkers. New York police uniforms replaced European military uniforms as symbols of authority.

Lindner taught at the Pratt Institute from 1952 to 1965. He died in 1978.



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