DescriptionROBERT ARNESON (American, 1930-1992)
A Nuclear Warhead, 1983
Woodcut in colors
42-1/2 x 56-1/2 inches (108.0 x 143.5 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil in bottom margin
Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, California (label verso);
Private collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Towards the end of his life, Arneson addressed social, political, and personal issues including his battle with cancer, the threat of nuclear annihilation, and militarism as a social disease. As Donald Kuspit wrote, "By forcing us to face the unpleasant truth of the likelihoods and human consequences of nuclear disaster, [Arneson] brings us to the verge of active social protest, of raising our own voices in expressionist plainspeaking-realist speech. For him personal and social activism are inseparable." Seltz, P. (2006). The Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
This powerful large-scale woodcut is from a very limited edition of five signed and numbered prints. Other examples are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries at Wright State University.
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Not examined out of the frame, in apparently excellent condition aside from faint handling crease in left margin.
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