This two color lithograph on Dieu Donne handmade paper is signed, dated and numbered from the limited edition of 84. This rare April Gornik print was created as part of the 1987 portfolio "The Ten Commandments", in which ten top Jewish American artists were each invited to choose an Old Testament commandment to interpret in contemporary lithographic form. The "Chosen" artists were, in order of Commandment: Kenny Scharf, Joseph Nechvatal, Gretchen Bender, April Gornik, Robert Kushner, Nancy Spero, Vito Acconci, Jane Dickson, Judy Rifka and Richard Bosman. This lithograph is in excellent condition; unframed. This is the first time it will have been removed from the original portfolio case. (shown). Lisa Liebmann, who wrote the introduction to the collection, observed: "...The image has, for most of us, replaced the word..." Liebmann refers to Gornik as one of the most "fundamental" of the artists, and with respect to the present work, she writes, "Judging from the appearance of all of her work over the last several years, Gornik is another Sabbath's Child, another unfashionable state during a period when people are more likely to brag about working overtime than complain about it. Her FOURTH COMMANDMENT, a "grisaille" seascape with limpid ocean, clouds that don't threaten and a trinity of rocks - is filled with the preternatural silence of her paintings, each of whose subject is a world of pure atmosphere, as if only inhabited by some afterimage of God..."
Excellent original condition. Unframed with deckled edges.
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Signature: Signed and numbered from the limited edition of 84 in graphite on the front
Publisher: James Miller and Maurice Sanchez at Derriere L'Etoile Studios
Acquired as part of the original Ten Commandments Portfolio, 1987, Art Issue Editions, Inc.
About April Gornik
American, b. 1953, Cleveland, Ohio, based in New York, New York