Sir Eduardo Paolozzi - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Marcel Duchamp's 'La Boite en Valise', a facsimile of Duchamp's collection of randomly ordered notes on 'The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors, Even (Large Glass)', was an important inspiration for Paolozzi's format. Paolozzi was only the second artist to make fine-art prints at Kelpra Studio with master screenprinter Chris Prater. In an experimental and open-ended approach, Paolozzi allowed tremendous input from his printers and incorporated accidents that occurred during the printing process into the work. The images always began with a collage from which photographic films were made for each color and then transferred to screens; additional patterns were often printed in the last stages. In an exceptional display of printmaking's versatility Paolozzi printed each screenprint in this set in varying color combinations, creating numerous, often dramatically different permutations within an edition. (Wendy Weitman Pop Impressions - Europe/USA - Prints and Multiples from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1999, p. 50)


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The complete set of 100 photo-lithographs and screenprints in colors plus justification, on various wove papers and acetate, the full sheets,
15 3/4 x 11 in. (40 x 27.9 cm) (box)
all S. 15 x 10 in. (38.1 x 25.4 cm)

eight signed and numbered 69/100 in pencil (the total edition was 500 plus 50 artist’s proofs), published by Editions Alecto, London (all with their inkstamp on the reverse), a few with minor creasing in places at the sheet edges, one with pale foxing at the lower sheet, otherwise all in very good condition, original Formed Acrylic magenta box (with large crack on the front and one side detatched).

$3,000 - 4,000 

Sold for $6,250

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York