Description

    ROBERT 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)
    Ed. 5/5
    Signed, dated and numbered in pencil in bottom margin

    PROVENANCE:
    Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, California (label verso);
    Private collection;
    Private collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    NOTE:
    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.

    Please note: This lot is located in Heritage's San Francisco office. It can be viewed by appointment through our San Francisco office. Buyer will be responsible for pick-up at this facility.


    Condition Report*:

    Not examined out of the frame, in apparently excellent condition aside from faint handling crease in left margin.

    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Bats, Clubs, Sticks, Swords, Rifles, etc. (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    30th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,137

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 April 24 Illustration Art - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thank you for all that you did to make the auction sale of my silver and art glass consignment a tremendous success.
    H. W. ,
    Memphis, TN
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 October 13 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,098,328