David Salle and Janet Leonard (From the portfolio 'Pas de Deux ') by Alex Katz

David Salle and Janet Leonard (From the portfolio Pas de Deux ) by Alex Katz

David Salle and Janet Leonard (From the portfolio 'Pas de Deux ')

Alex Katz

Title

David Salle and Janet Leonard (From the portfolio 'Pas de Deux ')

 
Artist

Alex Katz

  1927 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1993  
Technique
Color screenprint 
Image Size
36 x 19 7/8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower left image 
Edition Size
P.P. 3/4 (outside the published edition of 150) 
Annotations
pencil editioned, lower left 
Reference
Klaus Albrecht Schroder 281; Pas de Deux 1 
Paper
Arches Cover White wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Chalk and Vermilion Fine Arts, Greenwich, Connecticut 
Inventory ID
SAWA106 
Price
$5,000.00 
Description

This color screenprint is based on the painting "Pas de Deux", a multi panel work commissioned by Esquire magazine in 1983. Each of the five sections depicts two figures, among them artists David Salle, Red Grooms and Francesco Clemente. 'Pas de deux', which translates from French as “step of two,” is a duet in which a male and a female dancer perform ballet steps together.

The subjects of the composition, the first in the series, are artist and film-maker David Salle, who was born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1952 and Janet Leonard, a friend of the artist. Katz highlights the nuances of physical human contact and the clothing of his subjects, who wear fashions designed by Norma Kamali.

This impression is a Printer's Proof, an impression given to the printers as partial compensation for their assistance. In this case there were four printers assisting the artist.