R.B. Kitaj, ‘THE DEFECT OF ITS QUALITIES (Homage to Braque, Picasso)’, 1967-1968, Alpha 137 Gallery
R.B. Kitaj, ‘THE DEFECT OF ITS QUALITIES (Homage to Braque, Picasso)’, 1967-1968, Alpha 137 Gallery

Signed and numbered lower left in pencil
Kelpra Studio, London, printer
Marlborough Graphics London, publisher
In this dramatically large, rare and impressive framed collaged screenprint on hand dipped cuve BFK paper, British Pop artist R.B. Kitaj cobbles together a collage that references the Modern Cubist movement. Pablo Picasso is depicted in the upper left corner, seated in the studio where he painted Guernica, which appears directly above the signature of Georges Braque. The colors in this print are drawn from the muted palette favored by the Cubists, and the collaged elements also make reference to the movement's characteristically disjointed compositions. Other variable elements include a 19th century permit for prostitution, a newspaper clipping about Braque, and a pamphlet called "What is an Original Print?" published by the Print Council of America.
This important vintage 1960's Kitaj silkscreen won the British International Print Biennale of 1967. In original vintage study wooden hand built frame. This print is also fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of the prints of R.B. Kitaj (Jane Kinsman, 1994).
Overall Size: 35.25 x 24 in. (89.54 x 60.96 cm.)
Framed Size: 35.5 x 24.5 in. (102.24 x 69.22 cm.)

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Signature: Signed and numbered lower left in pencil

Fully referenced in the catalogue raisonne of R.B. Kitaj. (Jane Kinsman, 1994)

Kelpra Studio, London, printer
Marlborough Graphics London, publisher

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

Solo Shows

2017
Marlborough Graphics, New York,

Fair History on Artsy

2014
Marlborough Gallery at The Armory Show 2014