This rare, richly-colored limited edition, signed and numbered 1960s screenprint was created by Jack Youngerman as part of the New York City Center of Music and Drama portfolio, to raise funds for its 25th anniversary celebration. Artists who contributed works to this important portfolio include Richard Anuszkiewicz, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Gerald Laing, Lowell Nesbitt, George Segal, and Jack Youngerman. Youngerman has had a long and prolific career with major museum shows at the Guggenheim and the MoMA amongst others. The provenance of this piece is excellent as this will be the first time it will be separated from the original portfolio, with the yellow case designed by Pop artist Peter Gee. Unframed and in excellent condition.
Working in bold saturated colors, Youngerman often reduces common forms from nature to their simplest shape. This iconic and uplifting work is a paradigm of his practice.
Youngerman often synthesizes the best characteristics of Robert Motherwell and Ellsworth Kelly creating something highly original and confident.
Youngerman studied in Paris in the late 1940's on the GI Bill and was greatly influenced by the European modernists notably the precise cutout shapes of Jean Arp and the primary colors and stylized florals of Henri Matisse.
Signature: Signed, numbered and dated on the recto (front)
Publisher: New York City Center of Music and Drama, New York; Printed by HKL, New York, NY
Held in the original 1968 New York City Center for Music & Dance Portfolio
About Jack Youngerman
Jack Youngerman’s work combines hard-edged geometry with organic forms and fluid contours. Influenced by Henri Matisse while living in Paris in the 1940s and ’50s, Youngerman creates vibrant painted compositions, occasionally within shaped canvases. His works conjure various associations: Matisse’s paper cutouts, Rorschach patterns, and kaleidoscopic mandalas. After Youngerman returned to New York in the mid-1950s, his work was grouped with and exhibited alongside his contemporaries Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella.
American, b. 1926, St. Louis, Missouri