This 2005 print, titled "Fileuse" - French for "The Weaver", was created by artist Tom Burkhardt in a very limited edition of only 25 for the little publicized gem "Earth School Portfolio", in a linen covered portfolio box, which held a print by each of these ten artists: Tom Burckhardt, Kathy Butterly, Tony Fitzpatrick, Yun-Fei Ji, David Sandlin, Amy Sillman, Kiki Smith, Fred Tomaselli, Carnie Waldman and Sally Webster. These artists all donated their work to support the Earth School, an alternative public school in the East Village of New York City. We acquired the complete portfolio with all of the works. This print has excellent provenance, as it was part of the original portfolio, acquired from the Collection of Ashton Hawkins - former Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is in original condition, never framed - and this is the first time that it will be removed from the original portfolio box housing all of the works in the Earth School collection. Pencil signed and numbered
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Signature: Pencil signed and numbered on the recto (front) from the limited edition of only 25
Publisher: Paddock House Press
Acquired from the Earth School Portfolio, held in the original linen slipcase with prints by nine other artists, from the Estate of Ashton Hawkins, former Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.
About Tom Burckhardt
Tom Burckhardt is known for exploring the artistic process and subverting the boundary between representation and abstraction. Noting his avoidance of painting on canvas (preferring to use book-pages and molded plastic) and traditional art materials for his sculptures, critic John Yuan described Burckhardt’s aim as to “destabilize the grand tradition of painting and sculpture while simultaneously finding non-nostalgic ways to honor them.” Burckhardt’s 2011 installation “157 Elements of a Painting” attempted to deconstruct notions of painting with 157 bold, colorful images that contained quasi-recognizable forms with fragmentary motifs and painterly elements. In the same spirit, Full Stop (2005-06), a detailed cardboard-and-black-paint recreation of an artist’s studio—complete with art books on the shelves and a blank canvas—was an attempt to undermine the material aspect of installation art.
American, b. 1964, New York, New York, based in New York & Searsmont