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Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

American, 1932-2007
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932, R.B. (Ronald Brooks) Kitaj is considered a key figure in European and American contemporary painting. While his work has been considered controversial, he is regarded as a master draftsman with a commitment to figurative art. His highly personal paintings and drawings reflect his deep interest in history; cultural, social and political ideologies; and issues of identity. Among his various honors are election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1982, and election to the Royal Academy in 1985 (the first American since John Singer Sargent to receive this honor.) Numerous retrospective exhibitions of his work include shows at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.; The Jewish Museum, Berlin; The Jewish Museum, London; and the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Germany. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and Troy, New York, Kitaj joined the Merchant Marines in 1949.
In 1950, between sailings, he attended classes at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. He went on to study drawing at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna, Austria. Kitaj moved to Oxford, England in 1957, and enrolled at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford. In 1959, Kitaj was accepted into Royal College of Art, London, where he befriended classmate David Hockney. Upon graduation from the RCA, Kitaj signed with Marlborough Fine Art, London, where he had his first solo exhibition in 1963. His art career began in earnest, and he found critical acclaim alongside commercial success. A second solo show followed at Marlborough Gallery, New York, in 1965, and he sold “The Ohio Gang” to The Museum of Modern Art. In 1969, Kitaj taught for a year at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1976, he coined the term “School of London” in an essay he wrote as curator of the polemical exhibition, “The Human Clay,” at the Hayward Gallery, London. The term, though loose, continues to define a group of stylistically diverse artists, including Kitaj, who were working in London at that time focusing on figural representation. In 1981, he spent a year in Paris, France, where he focused on drawing and use of pastel. In 1994, the Tate Gallery, London, organized a major retrospective of Kitaj’s work. Hostile and personal attacks from some critics led to what Kitaj referred to as the “Tate War.” The exhibition subsequently traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Kitaj moved to Los Angeles, California, and continued to exhibit with Marlborough Fine Art and the Marlborough Gallery, New York. In 2001 the National Gallery London organized a solo exhibition of paintings: “R.B. Kitaj In the Aura of Cezanne and Other Masters.” Kitaj focused on his “late style” in his Yellow Studio in Westwood and died in 2007. His gift of his archive to the UCLA Library Special Collections was celebrated with exhibitions at the Skirball Cultural Center and UCLA’s Young Research Library.
(Biography provided by Rosenbaum Contemporary)
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Artist: Ronald Brooks Kitaj
R.B. Kitaj "The Jerwish Question"
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Surfside, FL
Initialled signed in pencil From R. B. Kitaj, In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part, screenprint 1969 edition of 150 photo screenprint. A cover of the infamous Henry Ford book from the Dearborn Independent "The Jewish Question". Printed by Kelpra Studio, London, published by Marlborough AG, Schellenberg, Florida. The Jewish Museum. a cover related to Russian Soviet cinema and film. Stylistically, these are hybrid works, influenced by Pop art and the modernist tradition of the Readymade, a work of art created when a mundane found object is named as an artwork and set in an art context. This avant-garde concept was originally invented by the Dada master Marcel Duchamp early in the twentieth century. In the 1960s it received renewed attention at a time when artistic norms were again being questioned. Reacting to Andy Warhol’s Pop imagery, Kitaj poignantly called his repurposed book covers “his soup can, his Liz Taylor.” The blatant use of images taken directly from commercial sources situates In Our Time as a precursor of appropriation art. In turning book covers into works of art, Kitaj is offering fragments of a history of knowledge, in which the content of each volume is at once mysterious and absent. Coming from this passionate bibliophile, the series is nothing less than an intellectual self-portrait. R.B. Kitaj, in full Ronald Brooks Kitaj . Ron Kitaj...
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1960s Pop Art Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Swimmer - Screenprint (Olympic Games Munich 1972)
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Paris, FR
Ronard Brooks KITAJ Swimmer Screen print Signature printed in the plate On heavy paper 101 x 64 cm (c. 40 x 26 inch) Made for the Olympic Games in Munich, 1972 Excellent condition
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1970s American Modern Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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R.B. Kitaj Orgasm: drawing of woman in ecstasy with pale pink and clay red
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
Printed in a rich terra cotta red on pale pink paper, Orgasm depicts a woman’s head in profile with a dark background. Kitaj was fascinated with the female form, often producing edgy...
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Late 20th Century Realist Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Lithograph

POGANY rare 17 color 1960s British Pop silkscreen signed numbered edition of 70
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
R.B. Kitaj POGANY, 1966 17 colour Screenprint and Photo-screenprint 24 × 36 inches Pencil signed and numbered from the Limited Edition of 70 Hand-signed by artist, Signed & numbered ...
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1960s Pop Art Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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A Rash Act: erotic drawing of nude blonde, redhead, and man with art deco motifs
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
A colorful erotic daydream drawing of a nude blonde fantasizing, with a redhead woman, and man. Green and purple patterns on hair and pillows, and art deco motifs, adorn this sensual...
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Some do not (A) R.B. Kitaj erotic nude drawing of nude blonde with man on bed
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
An erotic dalliance between a nude blonde woman lying down, and nude man, on a bed with white sheets. Subtle shades of peach, tan, yellow, and grey and black shadow behind the couple...
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BAGHDAD
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
Ronald Brooks (R.B.) Kitaj BAGHDAD, 1972 Six Color Screenprint and Photoscreenprint 20 × 14 1/2 inches Pencil signed and numbered 1/125 Printed at Kelpra Studio, London Published by ...
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R.B. Kitaj Screenprint Collage Hand Signed British Pop Art Film Still Camel
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Surfside, FL
The Most Important Film Ever Made, 1972 Color screen print and collage, from the edition of 70. 15 x 17 in 38.1 x 43.2 cm Published by the artist with Marlborough Graphics at the Kelpra studio in 1972. This work is also in the collections of TATE London and the Victoria & Albert Museum. the price reflects the fact that there is no backing page. Stylistically, these are hybrid works, influenced by Pop art and the modernist tradition of the Readymade, a work of art created when a mundane found object is named as an artwork and set in an art context. This avant-garde concept was originally invented by the Dada master Marcel Duchamp early in the twentieth century. In the 1960s it received renewed attention at a time when artistic norms were again being questioned. Reacting to Andy Warhol’s Pop imagery, Kitaj poignantly called his repurposed lithograph and silkscreen book covers “his soup can, his Liz Taylor.” The blatant use of images taken directly from commercial sources situates In Our Time as a precursor of appropriation art. In turning book covers into works of art, Kitaj is offering fragments of a history of knowledge, in which the content of each volume is at once mysterious and absent. Coming from this passionate bibliophile, the series is nothing less than an intellectual self-portrait. R.B. Kitaj, in full Ronald Brooks Kitaj . Ron Kitaj...
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Original Vintage London Underground Poster Michelangelo Victoria Albert Museum
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in London, GB
Original vintage London Underground poster - Find Michelangelo at the V&A nearest station South Kensington - featuring a sketch pasti...
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Portrait of Chris Prater
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Llanbrynmair, GB
’Chris Prater’ By Ronald Brooks Kitaj Medium - Screen Print Signed - Yes Edition - 150 Size - 630mm x 920mm Date - 1980 Condition - 10 Colour of print may not be accurate when viewe...
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the Spirit of the Ghetto Screenprint British Pop Art RB Kitaj Judaica Silkscreen
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Surfside, FL
R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007) Spirit of the Ghetto Original seven color silkscreen on paper Signature: Hand signed by the artist in pencil lower right Edition: From the small, limited edition of 25, pencil numbered lower right 2/25 Sight Size: 23-1/2" x 17-1/2" Frame Size: 27" x 21.5" In Tate collection, London. Ronald Brooks Kitaj RA 1932 – 2007 was an American artist with Jewish roots who spent much of his life in England. He became a merchant seaman with a Norwegian freighter when he was 17. He studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna and the Cooper Union in New York City. After serving in the United States Army for two years, in France and Germany, he moved to England to study at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford (1958–59) under the G.I. Bill, where he developed a love of Cézanne, and then at the Royal College of Art in London (1959–61), alongside David Hockney, Derek Boshier, Peter Phillips, Allen Jones and Patrick Caulfield. Richard Wollheim, the philosopher and David Hockney remained lifelong friends. "Through an earlier pre-occupation with turn-of-the-century intellectual life in Vienna (where he had started his art studies in the early 1950s), as well as an admiration for the Warburg Institute approach to the history of art-in-its-intellectual-context (since after Vienna he had moved to Oxford to study with the art historian Edgar Wind, before going on to the Royal College of Art) Kitaj has come to identify most strongly with the central European Jewish writer Franz Kafka, and with his sense of estrangement and of hidden mysteries. Illustrations to Kafka's aphorisms, imaginary portraits of his fiancée Felice and Count West-West who owned The Castle, appear in the Little Pictures, as do rapidly sketched portraits of Karl Kraus, Paul Celan, Leon Trotsky and Ludwig Wittgenstein, representations of Judeo-Christian mysteries of the hidden face of God. Kitaj settled in England, and through the 1960s taught at the Ealing Art College, the Camberwell School of Art and the Slade School of Art. He also taught at the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. He staged his first solo exhibition at Marlborough New London Gallery in London in 1963, entitled "Pictures with commentary, Pictures without commentary", in which text included in the pictures and the accompanying catalogue referred to a range of literature and history, citing Aby Warburg's analysis of symbolic forms as a major influence. He curated an exhibition for the Arts Council at the Hayward Gallery in 1976, entitled "The Human Clay" (an allusion to a line by W. H. Auden), including works by 48 London artists, such as William Roberts, Richard Carline, Colin Self and Maggi Hambling, championing the cause of figurative art at a time when abstract was dominant. In an essay in the controversial catalogue, he invented the phrase the School of London to describe painters such as Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Euan Uglow, Michael...
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1970s Pop Art Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Screen

"Performing Arts Center" lithograph by R. B. Kitaj from "New York, New York"
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Boca Raton, FL
"Performing Arts Center" lithograph of dancers and musicians by R. B. (Ronald Brooks) Kitaj from the "New York, New York" portfolio published by the New York Graphic Society. Signed ...
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1980s Contemporary Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Lithograph

Vintage SIGNED Kitaj Poster, La Fabbrica, Milan (A Life 1975) woman in red dress
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
Printed in 1975, this poster features the encounter between an alluring woman dressed in red, and a man with his back to the viewer. The light of a streetlamp is beautifully imitated...
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Late 20th Century Modern Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Lithograph

Cap'n A.B Dick (A) gray fisherman portrait sou'wester hat R.B. Kitaj lithograph
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
Kitaj’s drawing is of a fisherman in profile, wearing a sou’wester: a collapsible rain hat. The image is a wry portrait, ostensibly of Albert Blake Dick, ...
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Nude Sculpture R.B. Kitaj drawing of nude woman on handmade orange paper print
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
Here Kitaj depicts a sculpture of a nude woman, shaded delicately in black, printed on wonderfully textured handmade muted orange paper. The woman’s hand reaches to the inside of her thigh, and she stands with her right leg turned out to the side, gazing downward with eyes closed. This print is a sensitively-drawn example of Kitaj's interest in playful, sensual compositions that were often inspired by art historical references, such as Edward Degas...
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Late 20th Century Modern Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Lithograph

FIRST SERIES - SOME POETS.
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Portland, ME
Kitaj, R. B. FIRST SERIES - SOME POETS. Marlborough AG, Schellenburg, FL, 1970. Number 69 of the edition of 70 (there were about 15 additional proofs for the Artist, the Printer, and...
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1970s Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Dominie in Catalonia, Kitaj drawing black white portrait of young girl with hat
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
This hand-drawn black and white portrait of Dominie, Kitaj’s adopted daughter, is one of the few etchings produced by the artist. The shape of Dominie’s wide sunhat and its patterned...
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Late 20th Century Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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A Life (B) R.B. Kitaj Film noir night city scene of woman in red dress
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the artist and numbered 49/50 lower left in pencil. Color lithograph on mauve Wookey Hole handmade waterleaf paper. This print features the encounter between an alluring ...
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Late 20th Century Expressionist Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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In Our Time - China of Today, Print by Ronald Brooks Kitaj
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: R. B. Kitaj, American (1932 - 2007) Title: In Our Time - China of Today Year: 1970 Medium: Screenprint, signed 'RK' in pencil Edition: 150 Image Size: 18 x 23 inches Size: 22...
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Dr Claribel & Miss Etta (Cone Sisters) British Pop Artist Kitaj Pastel Drawing
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Surfside, FL
Ronald Brooks Kitaj RA 1932 – 2007 was an American artist with Jewish roots who spent much of his life in England. He became a merchant seaman with a Norwegian freighter when he was 17. He studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna and the Cooper Union in New York City. After serving in the United States Army for two years, in France and Germany, he moved to England to study at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford (1958–59) under the G.I. Bill, where he developed a love of Cézanne, and then at the Royal College of Art in London (1959–61), alongside David Hockney, Derek Boshier, Peter Phillips, Allen Jones and Patrick Caulfield. Richard Wollheim, the philosopher and David Hockney remained lifelong friends. "Through an earlier pre-occupation with turn-of-the-century intellectual life in Vienna (where he had started his art studies in the early 1950s), as well as an admiration for the Warburg Institute approach to the history of art-in-its-intellectual-context (since after Vienna he had moved to Oxford to study with the art historian Edgar Wind, before going on to the Royal College of Art) Kitaj has come to identify most strongly with the central European Jewish writer Franz Kafka, and with his sense of estrangement and of hidden mysteries. Illustrations to Kafka's aphorisms, imaginary portraits of his fiancée Felice and Count West-West who owned The Castle, appear in the Little Pictures, as do rapidly sketched portraits of Karl Kraus, Paul Celan, Leon Trotsky and Ludwig Wittgenstein, representations of Judeo-Christian mysteries of the hidden face of God. Kitaj settled in England, and through the 1960s taught at the Ealing Art...
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1990s Pop Art Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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The Flood of Laymen
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
screenprint, edition of 70
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Screen

The Desire for Lunch is a Bourgeois Obsessional Neurosis or Grey Schizoids
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
12 color screenprint, photo-screenprint on buff Hodomuragami paper edition of 70
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1960s Pop Art Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Screen

Ed Dorn
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
color silkscreen, edition of 70
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1960s Pop Art Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Screen

From the Lives of the Saints
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
R.B. Kitaj From the Lives of Saints, 1975 color screenprint 40 1/2 x 28 inches Edition of 70
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1970s Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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Screen

Acheson Go Home
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
This piece is a color silkscreen, constructed from various pieces of propaganda that Kitaj encountered while studying in Vienna in 1951. It also includes photographs of Kitaj himself...
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Ezra Pound II
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in New York, NY
Abstract male figure on silkscreen R.B. Kitaj was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932, and as a child attended art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Following his studies at Coo...
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1970s Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Surfside, FL
Initialled signed in pencil From R. B. Kitaj, In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part, screenprint 1969 edition of 150 photo screenprint. A cover of the infamous Henry Ford book from the Dearborn Independent "The Jewish Question". Printed by Kelpra Studio, London, published by Marlborough AG, Schellenberg, Florida. The Jewish Museum. a cover related to Russian Soviet cinema and film. Stylistically, these are hybrid works, influenced by Pop art and the modernist tradition of the Readymade, a work of art created when a mundane found object is named as an artwork and set in an art context. This avant-garde concept was originally invented by the Dada master Marcel Duchamp early in the twentieth century. In the 1960s it received renewed attention at a time when artistic norms were again being questioned. Reacting to Andy Warhol’s Pop imagery, Kitaj poignantly called his repurposed book covers “his soup can, his Liz Taylor.” The blatant use of images taken directly from commercial sources situates In Our Time as a precursor of appropriation art. In turning book covers into works of art, Kitaj is offering fragments of a history of knowledge, in which the content of each volume is at once mysterious and absent. Coming from this passionate bibliophile, the series is nothing less than an intellectual self-portrait. R.B. Kitaj, in full Ronald Brooks Kitaj . Ron Kitaj...
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R.B.Kitaj LA LUCHA DEL PUEBLO ESPANOL POR SU LIBERTAD
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Surfside, FL
A Spanish Civil War book cover. Initialled signed in pencil From R. B. Kitaj, In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part, screenprint 1969 edition of 15...
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1960s Pop Art Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

R.B. Kitaj Screenprint "Der Russische Revolutionsfilm" from: In Our Time
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Surfside, FL
Initialled signed in pencil From R. B. Kitaj, In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part, screenprint 1969 edition of 150 .6 colour screenprint, photo screenprint. Printed by Kelpra Studio, London, published by Marlborough AG, Schellenberg, Florida. The Jewish Museum. a cover related to Russian Soviet cinema and film. Stylistically, these are hybrid works, influenced by Pop art and the modernist tradition of the Readymade, a work of art created when a mundane found object is named as an artwork and set in an art context. This avant-garde concept was originally invented by the Dada master Marcel Duchamp early in the twentieth century. In the 1960s it received renewed attention at a time when artistic norms were again being questioned. Reacting to Andy Warhol’s Pop imagery, Kitaj poignantly called his repurposed book covers “his soup can, his Liz Taylor.” The blatant use of images taken directly from commercial sources situates In Our Time as a precursor of appropriation art. In turning book covers into works of art, Kitaj is offering fragments of a history of knowledge, in which the content of each volume is at once mysterious and absent. Coming from this passionate bibliophile, the series is nothing less than an intellectual self-portrait. R.B. Kitaj, in full Ronald Brooks Kitaj . Ron Kitaj...
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1960s Pop Art Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

R.B. Kitaj "Die Donau" From In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library
By Ronald Brooks Kitaj
Located in Surfside, FL
Initialled signed in pencil From R. B. Kitaj, In Our Time: Covers for a Small Library After the Life for the Most Part, screenprint 1969 edition of 150. ...
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1960s Pop Art Ronald Brooks Kitaj Art

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