Lyle Ashton Harris - Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction New York Wednesday, September 6, 2023 | Phillips

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  • “How long will I continue to play the game of mastery of the false self? When will the performance end? I long for that.”
    —Lyle Ashton Harris


    Lyle Ashton Harris' diverse oeuvre investigates preconceptions regarding queerness, blackness, celebrity, history, and self-identity. These photogravures draw from Harris' Billie, Boxers, Better Days series of performative self-portraits, ranging from portrayals of jazz singer Billie Holiday and a bloodied boxer, to layered multiple exposures that evoke the ambivalent "negrophilia" of modernism through dynamic and visually jarring scenes.

    • Catalogue Essay

      Including: Memoirs of Hadrian #26; Billie #21; Memoirs of Hadrian #25; Je Ne Sais Quoi #5; and Memoirs of Hadrian #1.


Five Photogravures

The complete set of five photogravures, on Somerset paper, with full margins, the sheets loose (as issued), with colophon, all contained in the original tan linen-covered portfolio, with embossed text in brown.
all I. approx. 6 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. (17.5 x 14 cm)
all S. 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
portfolio 14 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1/2 in. (36.8 x 29.2 x 1.3 cm)

All signed, dated and numbered 13/30 in pencil (there were also 3 artist's proofs), published by Eminence Grise Editions (Michael Steinberg Fine Art), New York.

Full Cataloguing

$2,000 - 3,000 

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Editions & Works on Paper: Online Auction

6 - 13 September 2023