Photogravure printed on Gampi chine collé and Somerset textured white papers
76.2 x 99 cm [30 x 39 inches]
Edition of 30, signed and numbered recto.
About the work
Ida Applebroog's edition for the Whitechapel Gallery, relates to a painting made by the artist in the ‘80s, depicting a solitary bird in a landscape. Entitled Last Bird this photogravure etching will form part of a completely new body of work by the artist, Angry Birds of America.
Angry Birds of America revisits John James Audubon’s famous series Birds of America. The 19th century American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter, Audubon was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations and prints that depicted the birds in their natural habitats.
A life-time admirer of Audubon, Applebroog refers to a moment of realisation that these are actually depictions of dead birds, a fact which fascinated and angered the artist. Audubon would first shoot and kill every bird he painted and arrange into lifelike poses, propping up his intricate compositions using wires and splints.
Last Bird, 2017 is created as a photogravure etching with chine-collé; a collage technique used to press one delicate paper onto another. Printmaking has formed an integral part of Applebroog's practice for over five decades and we are delighted to be able to offer this work, which has been generously donated by the artist.
This edition was published to accompany Ida Applebroog's work featured in the ISelf Collection displays at Whitechapel Gallery 2017, which explored the concept of self.
About the artist
Over the past five decades, in her painting, drawings, prints and illustrations, Applebroog has been exploring subjects informed by feminism, power and violence, women's sexuality and the domestic space using images stylistically reminiscent of comics, at once beguiling and disturbing. Her instantly recognisable style features simplified human forms with bold outlines inspired by cartoons, and her works are often installed in theatrical scenarios.
Recent solo exhibitions include Hauser & Wirth, ‘Ida Applebroog. Mercy Hospital’, London, England (2017); Karma, ‘Ida Applebroog. Mercy Hospital’, New York NY (2017); Institute of Contemporary Art, ‘Ida Applebroog’, Miami FL (2016); Hauser & Wirth, ‘Ida Applebroog. The Ethics of Desire’, New York NY (2015); MAC/VAL – Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, ‘Ida Applebroog’, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2014); Hauser & Wirth London, ‘Ida Applebroog’, London, England (2011); Hauser & Wirth New York, ‘Monalisa’, New York NY (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Whitechapel Gallery, ‘Other Faces’, London, England (2017); Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, ‘Guerrilla (And Other) Girls: Art/Activism/Attitude’, New Brunswick NJ (2017); Museum of Modern Art, ‘Back in Time-based Works: Books at Franklin Furnace, 1976-1980’, New York NY (2016); CCS Bard Hessel Museum, ‘Inventing Downtown’, Annandale-on-Hudson NY (2016); Montclair Art Museum, ‘Work and Leisure in American Art’, Montclair NJ (2016); Wadsworth Atheneum, ‘The End of Innocence: Childhood Torments in the Contemporary Art Collection.’, Hartford CT (2016).
Ida Applebroog (b. 1929, the Bronx, NY US) lives and works in New York, NY, US.
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