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Gerald Laing: Parachutes

RedHouse Originals Gallery, 15 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate HG1 1DW

Date: Now showing until 30th August 2014

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We are delighted to offer original silkscreen prints from Gerald Laing's celebrated 1968 series Parachutes.

Laing printed the Parachutes portfolio personally in his loft on Greene Street in downtown Manhattan in 1968 in the area now known as Soho. It was a particularly prolific period for the artist who also produced Baby Baby Wild Things (Starlets), Dragsters (Acceleration & Deceleration) and his seminal Brigitte Bardot editions around the same time.

The artist discussed the imagery during the exhibition in “Pop Impressions Europe/USA: Prints and Multiples from the Museum of Modern Art, New York”:
“They were appearing around us after the peeling stucco of wartime neglect. I was transfixed by the crude but powerful printing process used in the poster advertisements... the dots and lines and cacophony of form and colour visible at short range, and the reassuring integrity of the image at a distance.”

In 1968 Laing’s then dealer in New York, Richard Feigen, purchased all of the portfolios outright to market through his subsidiary Richard Feigen Graphics. This enterprise lasted around three years, after which Feigen ceased to deal in contemporary art and the remaining prints were put into storage, where they remained for some twenty five years. Laing then bought them back from Feigen and hence their re-appearance in the market. The examples we are currently able to offer are in immaculate original condition with excellent provenance.

Works from Parachutes are held in the collections of various international institutions including the Museum of Modern Art and Tate Britain, and will be available to view and purchase from RedHouse Originals until 30th August 2014.

The gallery can also offer works from the Dragsters (Acceleration & Deceleration) series plus selected later editions including the artist's portrait of Kate Moss (KM) and Domestic Perspective featuring Amy Winehouse.

For further details and pricing please contact the gallery here.

Categorised under: Past Exhibitions