ALAN SHIELDS, PEACE OF THE ROCK, 1974
19 3/4 square inches (framed)
14 x 15 inches (sheet)
Alan Shields pushes the boundaries of what defines a print. His mixed media works often contain unstretched canvas and lattice such as this exquisite piece.
Framed and ready to hang. This limited edition of only 20 was originally sold by the Paula Cooper Gallery in NYC.
New York Times Art Critic Roberta Smith wrote in his 2005 obituary: "Mr. Shields's work combined expanses of gorgeous stained color, reminiscent of Helen Frankenthaler's canvases, with the humbler crafts and a Gypsy sense of portability." Critic Robert Hughes has described Shields as a brilliant bricoleur who could, and often did, make art out of just about anything. He became an innovative printmaker, experimenting with handmade paper and turning out editions in which each print was unique. After his passing, Alan Shield was awarded a Judith Rothschild Foundation grant given to a deceased abstract artists whose work is of the highest quality but merits further recognition.
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