Lot Details

Untitled, 1981
40.75 x 41 in.
of 144

Edna (from the Dragonfly Chip Series), 1988
27.75 x 27.75 in.
relief, handmade paper construction
of 20

Alan Shields pushes the boundaries of what defines a print. His mixed media works employ techniques of bricolage and often contain combinations of traditional silkscreen processes, combined with found materials, such this stunning, colorful silkscreen with applied thread stitching.

New York Times Art Critic Roberta Smith wrote in his 2005 obituary: "Mr. Shields's work combined expanses of gorgeous stained color, reminiscent of Helen Frankenthaler's canvases, with the humbler crafts and a Gypsy sense of portability." Critic Robert Hughes has described Shields as a brilliant bricoleur who could, and often did, make art out of just about anything. He became an innovative printmaker, experimenting with handmade paper and turning out editions in which each print was unique. After his passing, Alan Shield was awarded a Judith Rothschild Foundation grant given to recently deceased abstract artists whose work is of the highest quality but merits further recognition.

Select Public Collections:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC)
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)
Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
National Gallery of Australia (Canberra, AU)

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Area: Margin
Location: Overall
Notes: Not examined out of frame; apparently in good condition other than very minor foxing around the margins.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 40.75 x 41 in. (103.5 x 104.14 cm.)
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