A New Traveling Exhibition
Coming on the 50th anniversary of its publication, works of art from 1¢ LIFE are being featured in a new traveling exhibition. The exhibition will be available for circulation to the museum world through 2017. Two complete sets of the publication are being used to provide a very full and wonderful exhibition.
Displaying a range of approaches that dominated the art world in the early 1960s, the vibrant lithographs in 1¢ Life showcase the second-generation Abstract Expressionism of artists like Sam Francis (who was also the book's editor) and Joan Mitchell, the Pop art of such notables as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and the work of Paris-based artists formerly affiliated with the CoBrA group, such as Karl Appel and Asger Jorn.
The use of color lithography in 1¢ Life was a bold choice during a time when most American artists associated the medium with commercial printing. Ting and Francis challenged American artists to reconsider the possibilities of lithography and collaborated with European printmakers to produce a volume that, in Ting's words, was "exciting as Times Square, color bright as neon light, hot as espresso.
Featured are limited edition color lithographs which beautifully incorporate American Pop and European Expressionism. Walasse Ting's own poetry flows throughout the pages, uniting his renowned friends' art.
The painter and lithographer Walasse Ting, who died in 2010, occupies a unique place in the dialogue between American and European art in the 1960s. Ting was an outsider to both cultures. He was born Ding Xiongquan in Shanghai in 1929. After studying briefly at the Shanghai Art Academy, he left China in 1946, living initially in Hong Kong before sailing to France in 1950.
In Paris, Walasse Ting came under the influence of the artists who made up the avant-garde group CoBrA, most notably Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, and Asger Jorn. In 1958, Ting moved to America, where his closest associate was the Abstract Expressionist painter Sam Francis. In 1964, Walasse Ting and Sam Francis collaborated on one of the greatest artist’s books of the period, a collection of Ting’s stream-of-consciousness Pop Art poems illustrated with original lithographs by a total of 28 artists, entitled 1¢ LIFE. It’s a remarkable work, and particularly notable for the way in which it mixes the slick Pop Art of Americans such as Andy Warhol with the turbulent work of the CoBrA artists.
Whereas in the USA Pop Art concerned itself largely with surfaces, as a comment on consumerism, in Europe it concerned itself with structures, as a critique of consumerism. A typical CoBrA work is a violent, semi-abstract, distorted, highly-sophisticated version of a child’s drawing. There are echoes of folk art and tribal art, and a sense of rejection of society’s sense of order and respectability.
Walasse Ting could straddle both these worlds, and it is largely due to1¢ LIFE that one can even speak of a single Pop Art movement, embracing both the Americans and the Europeans. Like his friends Sam Francis and Joan Mitchell, Ting was very open to European ideas, and it is these three above all who incorporated into American Abstract Expressionism the aesthetics of the gestural semi-abstract European style known as Art Informel (which, in turn, was profoundly influenced by de Kooning and Pollock). Wallace Ting’s lithographs of the 1960s simply explode onto the page in an orgasmic riot of color.
WALASSE TING (photographed in 1963,
the year of the production of 1¢ LIFE)
Walasse Ting, 1¢ LIFE
E.W. Kornfeld, Bern, 1964
Set of 62 lithographs and screenprints in colours, on BFK Rives, with title, text, table of contents and justification,
Unsigned edition of 2000
423 x 304 mm (overall)
16.5 x 12 inches
Contributing artists include:
Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Enrico Baj, Alan Davie, Jim Dine, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Sam Francis, Robert Indiana, Alfred Jensen, Asger Jorn, Allan Kaprow, Alfred Leslie, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Kiki O.K., Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, Reinhoud, Jean-Paul Riopelle, James Rosenquist, Antonio Saura, Kimber Smith, K.R.H. Sonderborg, Walasse Ting, Bram van Velde, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann.
||59 framed works including some poems,
text panel and label copy
||Gallery guide for printing
||150-200 running feet
||$15,000 for 2 months
$20,000 for 3 months
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