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Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples / Ellen Gallagher (born 1965); Abu Simbel;

Lot 106
Ellen Gallagher
(born 1965)
Abu Simbel
12 May 2022, 10:00 EDT
New York

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Ellen Gallagher (born 1965)

Abu Simbel, 2005-6
Photogravure, watercolor, colored pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, fur, gold leaf and red and white crystals on wove paper, signed in pencil on verso, dated and numbered PP 1/5 (a printer's proof, aside from the edition of 25), publisher/printer, Two Palms, New York, with full margins, in artist's frame.
22 × 33in (55.9 × 83.8cm)
sheet 24 1/2 × 35 1/2in (62.2 × 90.2cm)


Other impressions of this print are in these selected museum collections:

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Harvard University Art Museums/ Fogg Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

Over the past 20 years, Ellen Gallagher has been inspired by Afrofuturism which has its' roots in African-American science fiction, by writers such as Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delaunay. On a trip to London in 2000, Gallagher saw a photogravure of the Egyptian site, Abu Simbel, at the Sigmund Freud Museum, while doing research for her future exhibition there (2005). She appropriated Freud's gravure image and its' frame design and transformed the image with her own iconography (this print comes with the artist's frame). The artist described her enhanced image as a, "tricked-out, multi-directional flower from Freud to ancient Egypt, to Sun Ra to George Clinton."

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