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"Supernova" was created by Armleder with the intention of being an "instant exhibition". Comprised of 20 prints, the work is meant to be displayed in any fashion, vertically, horizontally, separated into groups, or however the person installing the work might see fit. Armleder's antiformalist intentions would force the owner of the series to become an active participant in the work itself, making the act of installation a significant element of the creation process. With unlimited possibilities, "Supernova" becomes a work of unending creation. The title further emphasizes this notion as "Supernova" is a direct reference to the exploding star that, according to the Big Bang theory, was the genesis of the universe.

Portfolio of 19 color lithographs and one color monoprint lithograph
Edition of 33
Each sheet is 22 x 30 inches

Original color lithographs drawn by hand by the artist and printed from stone, the portfolio of 19, plus a unique color monoprint lithograph, for a total of 20 prints, all fine, fresh impressions, the full sheets, printed on 250gsm Velin d'Arches paper, to the edges, each print hand-signed, dated, numbered and inscribed with the ordering number, SN1 through SN19 on the reverse (with the exception of the title page which is signed recto and is also an original lithograph,) the monoprint is inscribed SN20, pulled in an edition of 33 examples. Contained in a special, hand-made box with the title embossed into the cover, with the colophon/justification page also printed in lithography, all in prints in excellent condition, unframed. Never removed from Publisher's shipping box (other than for photographing).

Involved with the Fluxus movement of the 1960s and 70s, John Armleder (b.1948) is recognized as a performance artist, painter, sculptor, and curator who has dedicated his career to challenging certain conventions in art, from artistic technique to exhibition practice. Armleder's work aims to expose and oppose our accepted understanding of art. Born in Switzerland, Armleder studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Geneva from 1966-67. In 1969, Armleder founded the ECART Group along with Patrick Lucchini and Claude Rychner in Geneva. The ECART Group developed into a performance group and the Galerie Ecart, which made a name for artists such as Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol in Switzerland. His work has been exhibited throughout the world with recent shows at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice, IT), Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam, NL), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, AU), and Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), among others.

Select Public Collection:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Kunstmuseum (Basel, Switzerland)

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Publication: Wye, Deborah and Weitman, Wendy. Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples, 1960 - Now. 2006, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, pp. 22, 174, 190-91, illustrated (four of the twenty images from the portfolio.) Rexer, Lyle. "Romancing the Stone" article in Art On Paper, September/October 2005, vol.XX, no.XX, pp.XX-XX, illustrated p.XX in color (another example.) Marcus, Mette. "Uudtømmelig" article in Louisiana Magasin, 2005, May, no.17, pp.32-34, illustrated in color, p.34. Tjner, Poul Erik. "Til glaeden" article in Louisiana Magasin. 2004, September, no.14, Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, pp.14-16, illustrated in color, p.15 Staff. "Generous Gifts," article in Art On Paper, November/December 2004, vol. 9, no.2, referenced p.66, illustrated p.67. To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the prints and multiples of John Armleder presently in preparation by the Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva.
Catalogue Raisonné: To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the prints and multiples of John Armleder presently in preparation by the Cabinet des Estampes, Geneva.
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Provenance:
  • private collection, TX direct from publisher
Exhibition:
New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples, 1960 - Now, 10 October 2006 - 01 September 2007, catalogue, pp.190-91, illustrated in color (four from the portfolio of 20 - the museum's example exhibited and illustrated.)

Geneva, Mamco, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, John M Armleder: Amor vacui, horror vacui, 18 October 2006 - 21 January 2007 (another example exhibited.)

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Since 2000: Printmaking Now, 02 May - 18 September 2006 (the museum's example.)

Humlaebak, Denmark, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Selections from the Permanent Collection, May - September 2005 (the museum's example.)

Humlaebak, Denmark, Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, WORKS AND DAYS: Selected new works in the Louisiana Collection 2000 - 2004, 23 June - 22 August 2004 (the museums example.)

Copenhagen, Galerie Edition Copenhagen, John Armleder: SUPERNOVA, 21 February - 30 March 2004 (another example.)
  • Pickup Location: Texas, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 30 in. (55.88 x 76.2 cm.)
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