The Happening (One Cent Life) by Pierre Alechinsky
Chinese artist, Walasse Ting was a critical early printmaker connected with the major avant garde art movements of the 1950's and 1960's, including the CoBra in Europe and the Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art in New York. In 1952 he arrived in Paris, at critical time in modern art, interacting with Pierre Alechinsky, Asger Jorn and Karel Appel. Ten years later he arrived in New York and quickly gravitated toward the aesthetic and thinking of the Abstract Expressionists and Pop Artists of the day, including Sam Francis, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. His innovative lithographs utilizing vibrant color is a trademark aesthetic combining the the ideas of Abstract expressionism and Pop Art.
In 1962, Ting collaborated with Sam Francis to conceive a landmark publication bringing together the works of all the important modern artists (28 in total) of this critical era from Europe and the USA. Two years later it was published under the Title One Cent Life combining writing and poetry by Ting with 62 lithographs by artists the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Pierre Alechinsky, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel and others. To this day it is the most important single record of early print works of modern artists of the Post World War 2 era.
This four color lithograph spanning two sheets by the CoBra artist Pierre Alechinsky is a superb rendering of his work combining word and image in extraordinary and unique ways.
Technical Details: Color lithograph. Total sheet size 21 x 15 (One Cent Life) Printed Bern, Switzerland. Edition of 1900. 1964.