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Rene Ricard
David Shapiro

1989

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Paper 31 in. x 24.25 in. / 78.74 cm x 61.6 cm Lithograph on German Etching paper. Edition 27: this impression 21/27. Signed by the artist lower right in red pencil; numbered 21/27 in pencil lower left. The title of the piece is written in cursive across the top of the sheet. The hand-written cursive below reads: "David Shapiro / Told me he was going to / Carve his poems in stone / "That's one way to make them lost" / I don't have to / Rene Ricard". A poet, art historian and art critic, David Shapiro was friends with Ricard, and a part of the 1980's art scene in New York. Shapiro became famous briefly during the 1968 anti-Vietnam student uprising at Columbia University, when a photograph of him smoking a cigar behind the desk of the Columbia University president was published in Life magazine, and he became the face of the student protest movement. Ricard was a poet and art critic who published numerous books of his poetry, and his increasing use of text in his work over the 1980's reflects this interest in the written word. Here, Ricard playfully competed with fellow poet Shapiro, with Ricard signing his name across the lower center of the page -- having the proverbial last word over Shapiro. The frame surrounding the poem is the inked up edge of the lithography stone (heavy, limestone slabs used to print lithographs) upon which the artist inscribed his emotionally-expressive cursive. The printed shape of the stone recurs frequently in Ricard's work, here functioning as a pun ("carve his poems in stone") and as a memento mori, a gravestone bearing the two poets' names. Ricard's confessional hand-painted and hand-written poetry is almost always accompanied by the artist's outsized signature, integrated into the composition, or placed at its center. In David Shapiro, Ricard signed his name in the plate, and again on the paper in red pencil, displaying the artist's unabashed confidence and flamboyance. This confidence (and Ricard's bedroom-eyed allure) attracted the attention of Andy Warhol, and the young Ricard became his protege. He would appear in three Warhol films, even playing the Factory founder himself in "Andy Warhol Story". Warhol would later call the famously acid-tongued Ricard "The George Sanders of the Lower East Side, the Rex Reed of the art world." By the early 1980s, Rene Ricard was a fixture in the New York art scene, not only as an accomplished artist, but as a critic. Penning enlightening and poetic essays for Artforum, he turned his attention to rising stars such as Julian Schnabel and Alex Katz. Ricard famously wrote the first major article on Jean-Michel Basquiat. “The Radiant Child” is credited with launching Basquiat’s career, and is considered a seminal contemporary art essay.

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  • Creator
    Rene Ricard (1946 - 2014, American)
  • Creation Year
    1989
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Width: 24.25 in. (61.6 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    This print is not previously owned and has been stored in the archives of the publisher since its publication.
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU121124875221

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