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Joan Gardy Artigas (Spanish, b. 1938): Lithographs VI, 1984-1998

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Artigas speech at University of Wisconsin: "Eroticizing the World"

Spanish Art: Artigas / Chillida / Guinovart / Lledos / Miro / Palazuelo / Picasso / Rafols-Casamada / Saura / Tapies
In the earl;y 1980s, especially after the death of Franco and the increasing opening up of Spanish society to previously forbidden concepts, Artigas' sculpture, drawings, and lithographs became moree abstract and less in-your-face political in its presentation of the subject of the erotic and the feelings and emotions aroused (so to speak) by the subject.
Scene de la vie courante / Image of daily life. Original color lithograph, 1984. 80 signed and numbered impressions on Arches published by Galerie Maeght Lelong in Paris. Artigas has explained his love of lithography as follows: "If I want power, impact, a startling image, I use lithography. With the technique of printing directly off the stone, it is possible to get a maximum of ink on the paper. This ... allows ... powerful color." Unfortunately, this photograph is not true to the colors of the lithograph. The left side of the print, should be seen in gray slate and lavender (the polygon in the mid-left foreground), the green top left should be deeper, and the shapes top right should be closer to flesh color. Finally, on the right side, the shapes like striking serpents or hungry nestling birds should begreenish-gray. Image size: 596x755mm. Price: $700.
Le retroviseur / The driving mirror. Original color lithograph, 1984. 80 signed and numbered impressions on Arches published by Galerie Maeght Lelong in Paris. Artigas has explained his love of lithography as follows: "If I want power, impact, a startling image, I use lithography. With the technique of printing directly off the stone, it is possible to get a maximum of ink on the paper. This ... allows ... powerful color." Unfortunately, this photograph is not completely true to the colors of the lithograph. The brown shapes on the left side of the print are too brownthe shapes top right, nearest the viewer should be orange, reddish orange, and orange respectively, and the three pointed trianglur shapes beneath them should all by golden yellow. Image size: 477x600mm. Price: $700.
Metamorphose. Original color lithograph, 1984. 80 signed and numbered impressions on Arches published by Galerie Maeght Lelong in Paris. Artigas has explained his love of lithography as follows: "If I want power, impact, a startling image, I use lithography. With the technique of printing directly off the stone, it is possible to get a maximum of ink on the paper. This ... allows ... powerful color." Unfortunately, this photograph is not completely true to the colors of the lithograph. The two banana yellow shapes golden yellow. Image size: 477x500mm. Price: $700.
Journal de la plage / Beach chronicle. Original color lithograph, 1984. 80 signed and numbered impressions on Arches published by Galerie Maeght Lelong in Paris. Artigas has explained his love of lithography as follows: "If I want power, impact, a startling image, I use lithography. With the technique of printing directly off the stone, it is possible to get a maximum of ink on the paper. This ... allows ... powerful color." The white and gray object upon which the central golden shapes rests is a newspaper. Image size: 557x680mm. Price: $750.
Bracelot d'ivoire / Ivory bracelot.Original color lithograph, 1984. 80 signed and numbered impressions on Arches published by Galerie Maeght Lelong in Paris. Artigas has explained his love of lithography as follows: "If I want power, impact, a startling image, I use lithography. With the technique of printing directly off the stone, it is possible to get a maximum of ink on the paper. This ... allows ... powerful color." Image size: 745x500mm. Price: $750.
Turpitude hongroise / Hungarian turpitude.Original color lithograph, 1984. 80 signed and numbered impressions on Arches published by Galerie Maeght Lelong in Paris. Artigas has explained his love of lithography as follows: "If I want power, impact, a startling image, I use lithography. With the technique of printing directly off the stone, it is possible to get a maximum of ink on the paper. This ... allows ... powerful color." Image size: 652x500mm. Price: $750.
Paysage organique / Organic landscape. Original color lithograph, 1983. 120 signed and numbered impressions on wove paper commissioned by the Madison WI Print Club for members, who include both the Elvejhem Museum of Art (now the Chozen Museum of Art) and the Madison Art Center (now the Madison Museum of COntemporary Art). When asked about the work, he held up his hand and made a viewing hole by holding his thumb to his first finger. Of course depending upon how close to your eye you hold your hand, the view changes as more or less of the hand is included. In the image, the hand is evidently far enough away that the hand itself becomes part of the landscape, suggesting that what we see is always filtered through our own viewing screens. Image size: 750x550mm. Price: $750.
Transgression, punishment, responsibility, forgiveness. Original color lithograph, 1998. 100 signed and numbered impressions on wove paper published by Graven Images, Madison WI. This lithograph was commissioned for Transgression, punishment, responsibility, forgiveness: Studies in Culture, Law, and the Sacred (Madison: University of Wisconsin Law School, 1998). When I asked him which quadrant was devoted to which concept, he replied that each viewer will have to make that decision for themselves. Image size: 268x194mm. Price: $350.

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For directions and visiting information, please call. We are, of course, always available over the web and by telephone (see above for contact information). Click the following for links to past shows and artists. For a visual tour of the gallery, please click here. For information about Andy Weiner and Sonja Hansard-Weiner, please click here. For a list of special offers currently available, see Specials.

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