Joan Mitchell Abstract Print - Meditations in an Emergency
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Joan Mitchell
Meditations in an Emergency

1967

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An original lithograph on Mohawk Superfine Smooth paper by American artist Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) titled "Meditations in an Emergency", 1967. The complete folio with accompanying poetry. Limited edition: 2,500, (numbered on colophon page). Issued unsigned. Comes from "In Memory of My Feelings: A Selection of Poems" by Frank O'Hara, an unbound book. Printed by Crafton Graphic Company, Inc., New York and published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1967. Collaboration: Edward Katz (printing). Sheet size: 12" x 9". This complete folio is in excellent condition. Very rare, scarce. This artwork very rarely hits the market. This image Mitchell contributed to "In Memory of My Feelings: A Selection of Poems" by Frank O'Hara, edited by Bill Berkson, for the Museum of Modern Art. The project was published in 1967 in memory of Frank O'Hara, poet and associate curator at the museum, who died in a tragic accident in 1966. Bill Berkson (with the assistance of Kenneth Koch and John Ashbery) selected the poems and (with advice from Robert Motherwell) asked the following artists to contribute: Nell Blaine, Norman Bluhm, Joe Branaird, John Buton, Giorgio Cavallon, Allan D'Arcangelo, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Freilicher, Michael Goldberg, Philip Guston, Grace Hartigan, Al Held, Jasper Johns, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Alfred Leslie, Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Reuben Nakian, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, and Jane Wilson. Each artist was given a copy of the text of the appropriate poem, in gallery-proof form with page layouts, along with a sheet of plastic, called Copyrite, on which to draw. The translucent plastic could be placed directly over the layout to execute the drawing. Plates were then made from the drawings on plastic. All of the drawings are now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The book, which includes approximately 46 lithographs, in unbound, housed in off-white linen- and gray paper- covered boards inside an off-white linen-covered slipcase. Each of the 54 folios has printed on the front the folio number, artist's name, and title of the poem. The image is printed on the left side of the interior of the folio, with the poem text on the right. The book was designed by Susan Draper Tundisi. The folder and slipcase were fabricated by Russell-Rutter, Inc.. Joan Mitchell (February 12, 1925 – October 30, 1992) was an American "second generation" abstract expressionist painter and printmaker. She was a member of the American abstract expressionist movement, even though much of her career took place in France. Along with Lee Krasner, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler, Shirley Jaffe and Sonia Gechtoff, she was one of her era's few female painters to gain critical and public acclaim. Her paintings and editioned prints can be seen in major museums and collections across the United States and Europe.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 12 in. x W 9 in.H 30.48 cm x W 22.86 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Somerset, VA
  • Reference Number
    LU12123602262
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