The Darkest Day
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DIMENSIONS 25 7/8" x 13 1/4” MEDIUM archival pigment on paper

Limited edition of 125, 2020
Stamped by the artist's estate en verso

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 in helping to establish the careers of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Ricard published four volumes of poems: Rene Ricard 1979–1980; God With Revolver (1990); Trusty Sarcophagus Co (1990), which included his visual representations of the poems; and Love Poems (1999), which collected his verse alongside drawings by Robert Hawkins. Ricard’s paintings have been exhibited at 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 and The Museum of Modern Art, as well as the private collections of Brice and Helen Marden, Francesco Clemente, and Andy Spade.

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Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Our Walnut frames has a ¾” wide flat face and is 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 2” wide.


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