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Rene Ricard
I Dreamed by Rene Ricard: abstract yellow and black brushwork with poetry

1989

$1,850

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Abstract yellow and black Rene Ricard print with hand painted poetry on handmade paper. Printed in black ink at the top of the sheet and framed with a thin line, the artist's loose handwriting reads: "I dreamed / I had a baby / Every time I cut off / its head three more / grew back." Towards the bottom of the sheet, Ricard's signature is printed in yellow and marigold orange, along with "June 1989". Ricard's cursive is reminiscent of Japanese Sumi-e ink paintings, an association enhanced by the use of handmade Japanese paper. Paper 29 in. x 21 in. / 73.66 cm x 53.34 cm Lithograph on Sekishu Kozogami Turu paper -- see last photograph, which displays the translucency and texture of the sheet. Edition 30. Signed by the artist center left in pencil; numbered center right in pencil. Ricard was a poet and an art critic and poet who published numerous books of his poetry, and the increasing use of text in his work over the 1980's reflects this interest in the written word. He viewed visual art and poetry not as separate mediums but as symbiotic modes of expression. 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. Here, Ricard scrawls his signature across the page of I Dreamed, 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." This confidence (and Ricard's bedroom-eyed allure) attracted the attention of Andy Warhol, and the young Rene (formerly Albert Napoleon 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.

Details

  • Creator
    Rene Ricard (1946 - 2014, American)
  • Creation Year
    1989
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
  • Medium
  • 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: LU121125921892

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