Placed According to the Laws of Chance
Fleeing the Nazis, Curt Valentin arrived in New York in 1937 with enough modern German art to open an American office of Buchholz Gallery, where he had worked in Hamburg. Widely respected as one of the most astute dealers in modern art, Valentin organized influential exhibitions and attracted major artists to his Gallery. In 1951, the gallery became the Curt Valentin Gallery. At that time, Valentin published the Dreams and Projects portfolio of works by his close friend Jean Arp.
The portfolio, printed by Fequet et Baudier in Paris, contained 28 beautiful and evocative woodcut prints. This woodcut is from one of the first 25 special sets of the portfolio printed on rich Japan paper.
This woodcut print is also available, at a cost of $950, on the white wove paper from the regular edition. Please inquire if interested.
|Signing, Dating, and Titling|
Woodcut print in black ink.
Printed on natural white Japan paper with two deckled edges.
Kurt Valentin, New York
Fequet et Baudier, Paris
Printed in 1951 and 1952 and published in 1952.
Woodcut print is unsigned but a duplicate of the colophon to the portfolio, which is numbered and signed in pencil by the artist, is included with the print.
The woodcut, unnumbered, is from Portfolio Number 23 out of the first 25 special double sets, aside from the remaining 295 ordinary sets.
Custom framed in black-stained Ash behind 99% UV-filtering Plexiglass. All conservation materials. Please note that this work was reframed after photographing. It was put in a larger frame to create a wider bottom margin to better present the picture.
Excellent condition. Deep blacks, crisp lines, full margins. Minimal bruising to edges of sheet.
23 in. (h) x 18 in. (w)
11.125 in. (h) x 8.875 in. (w)