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Lot No. 164

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Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Austrian (1928-2000)
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    "Good Morning City, Bleeding Town"

    screenprint in colors with metal imprints, on Fabriano paper, 1969, signed in ink, dated and numbered 1572 of 10,000, with the stamp of the publisher/printer, Ars Viva, Zurich/Studio Quattro, Campalto-Venice

  • Condition:In Fine fresh condition, mounted, held in acid free mounts with conservation plastic corners, no adhesive on the print.
  • Sheet: 33 1/4 x 22 7/8 inches (84.9 x 55.8 cm)
  • References: As recorded and illustrated in the standard text on the original graphics of the artist by Koschatzky No. 41.
  • Provenance: The total edition of HWG 41 and 42 was 10,000 subdivided into three subeditions:HWG 41a (initial edition) 6,400HWG 41b (initial edition) 1,600HWG 42 (phosphorescent edition) 2,000.Variants:HWG 42:2000 prints in 10 colour variants of 200 each:A-F-K-P-U-AA-FF-KK-PP-UU.Each series of 200 impressions was again subdivided into 4 metal-colour variants of 50 each:1-50 green,51-100 blue,101-150 red,151-200 gold(40 different variants)
  • Framing: Sold unframed
  • Note: Hundertwasser's comment on the work:

    "I took up the bleeding-building motif 18 years later (after an initial work) and made a print of 10,000 copies, in 80 variations differing markedly in colour and form. I further developed the differentiation of dwellings in the storeys of the skyscrapers. The walls are not straight, but individually formed. I can readily imagine that living far from the ground, which is lethal in the long run, can be mitigated by human creativity. But where there is none, man in high-rises, so far away from Mother Earth, cannot survive.(from: Hundertwasser Architecture, Cologne, 1997, p. 24)This is my first large print edition, which I numbered from beginning to end; but actually it isn't one, since it consists of many variations. It is based on 151 Bleeding Houses. I spent months in the print shop in Campalto, while the Regentag lay in berth not far away, in a canal of the lagoon near Ca' Noghera. It was like a simultaneous chess match with more than forty opponents. I did this even more radically later with the silkscreen print 860 Homo Humus come va. I don't think anyone can outdo me in this gigantic enterprise, which took up two years of my life. I used completely new techniques in print graphics: metallic-stamp printing, phosphorescent colours that glow in the dark, reflecting glass-bead appliqués, convex embossing and an incredible number of colour overprints which I painted separately on transparent foil, from where they were transferred to the screen. Then the proofs of the infinite number of colour combinations. I wanted to reduce the conveyor belt to absurdity. I got myself into a bind between the incredible demand which had materialised and my pride in creating something original, not mass-produced, and I wanted to give as much of my inner self as I could. I went to court and won because I wanted to keep the prices low (just like with the Art Club portfolio of 1951) - 100 marks per print, to make it accessible to many people. It was all for nought. I could not fix the price on the open market. It was a victory and a defeat all in one. (from: Hundertwasser 1928-2000, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2, Taschen, Cologne, 2002, pp. 812-813)
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* Estimates do not include 28% buyer's premium (see Terms and Conditions). NR means no reserve (minimum bid $50 unless otherwise posted). Estimates in other currencies based on conversion rates of Euro: 0.85 , British Pound 0.73, Swiss Fr 0.92. All conversion values are approximate with the final cost determined in dollars.
workcode: fw-1886a-48