About the Work
The legacy of Rene Ricard — poet, painter, actor, and art critic — is diverse, riveting and elusive. A cultural fixture in New York City, Ricard's predilections towards high society and downtown cool forged the associations which transformed his early anonymity into his full-fledged reputation as an art world tastemaker. In The Darkest Day Ricard superimposed his poem over a nineteenth century photograph of Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond. This facsimile edition is faithful to the same printing methods the artist used in later years. We are pleased to have collaborated with the artist's estate to create The Darkest Day, a print edition of 125 based on his painting of the same name. The release commemorates Exhibition A's 10th Anniversary, as Ricard was one of the first artists to launch an edition with us back in 2010.
Rene Ricard (1946 – 2014) was an American poet and painter who achieved status in the art world dating back to his involvement with Andy Warhol, appearing in several of his films such as Kitchen (1965) and Chelsea Girls (1966). Well known for his influential essays in Artforum, Ricard held a major role establishing the careers of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Ricard published four volumes of poems: René Ricard 1979–1980; God With Revolver (1990), which included his visual representations of the poems; Trusty Sarcophagus Co (1990); and Love Poems (1999), which collected his verse alongside drawings by Robert Hawkins. Ricard’s paintings have been exhibited at Petersburg Gallery, Cheim & Read (New York), Half Gallery (New York), Vito Schnabel Presents (New York & Los Angeles), and the 2011 Brucennial. His work is in the permanent collections of the British Museum (London) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York), as well as the private collections of Brice and Helen Marden, Francesco Clemente, and Andy Spade.
Authentication & Resale
Stamp signed by the artist's estate en verso. This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed and numbered by Exhibition A.
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Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.
All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.
Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.
We use museum quality .060 mm plexiglass to frame your work. It blocks 82-85% of UV rays to prevent color fading from exposure to light, protecting your art for years to come.
Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.
Our Natural and Walnut frames have a ¾” wide flat face and are 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.
Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.
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