• Philip Taaffe, Aurora Borealis

Philip Taaffe

Aurora Borealis

Screenprint after linocut, oil pigment on paper
Edition of 30; Edition variable
10 1/2 x 30 in
Proceeds from this edition benefit the Summer 2018 exhibition at the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, 'The Conditions of being Art: Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983-2004)', examining the legacies of legendary art dealers Pat Hearn and Colin de Land.

Editions 1-10 to sell as part of the suite of prints; individual sales begin at edition 11.



About Artwork

This print by Philip Taaffe was made by the artist in his studio from his archive of linocut boards used in earlier paintings. It is part of a series of prints by artists associated with Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. to benefit an exhibition that examines the legacies of the galleries at CCS Bard’s Hessel Museum of Art.

How do we reference one of the world’s most spectacular, rarely seen and sublime experiences, the Aurora Borealis, using what amounts to miniaturized printmakers’ tools? Philip Taaffe’s distinct marks of the gouge and sharp patterned graphic shapes gives the viewer a taste of the spatial imaginary and the locus where one can imagine the extraordinary, all the while calling upon the limits of the imaginary when confronting a totalizing experience. 

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