R.B. Kitaj, ‘BAGHDAD’, 1972, Alpha 137 Gallery

Printed at Kelpra Studio, London
Published by Marlborough Graphics, N.Y.
Kelpra Nº 7977
Kinsman Nº 53
British Museum Nº162 (reproduced on page 158)
Kitaj's "Baghdad" is one of the prints from the portfolio Prints for Phoenix House. A portfolio of ten prints by various artists, including Kitaj, Ellsworth Kelly, Alex Katz, David Hockney, Adolph Gottlieb, Joseph Cornell and James Rosenquist.

An excellent impression of this uncommon and desirable silkscreen from the early 1970s. Unframed and in fine condition. Terrific work by this very important British Pop art pioneer.

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Series: Prints for Phoenix House

Signature: signed and numbered, upper right recto

Publisher: Published by Marlborough Graphics, New York; Printed at Kelpra Studios, London

Cat Raisonné: Kinsman(1994),53
Kelpra Nº 7977
British Museum Nº162 (reproduced on page 158)

About R.B. Kitaj

Among the most significant post-war painters whose work and writings helped to define the School of London, R.B. Kitaj produced complex, boldly expressive compositions dense with references to art, literature, and, most significantly, Judaism. As he explained: “The Jewish question, in its infinity, is the central drama and romance of my life and art.” Drawing enduring inspiration from the works of Paul Cézanne, one of his favorite artists, as well as intellectuals like Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin, Kitaj approached art-making with a combination of formal and conceptual rigor. His ambitious paintings and prints are precisely composed and resolutely, though loosely, figurative. Ranging from deeply personal self-portraits and vignettes from his own life to nuanced explorations of history, politics, and ideas, all of his works convey his lust for expression and his passion for intellection.

American, 1932-2007, Chagrin Falls, Ohio