Joan Mitchell, Fresh Air Fund Lithograph (Deluxe Hand Signed Edition), 1972
Untitled, from the Fresh Air Portfolio (Carnegie Museum Trustee Edition), 1972
Limited Edition Lithograph. Hand signed by Joan Mitchell on the colophon page. Unframed.
15 × 22 in
38.1 × 55.9 cm
The work is hand signed by Joan Mitchell on the accompanying colophon page (separate)
Provenance: Acquired from the estate of a former director of the Carnegie Museum
This mid century abstract expressionist lithograph by Joan Mitchell, published in 1972, is one of only 30 that was hand signed, as part of the Fresh Air School portfolio. In 1972, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania exhibited paintings of Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell and Walasse Ting together in a show entitled Fresh Air School. This print and the full portfolio were published as a fundraiser in conjunction with the exhibition, in an edition of approximately 1000. However, separate from the unsigned edition, was this very small hand signed edition of only 30 reserved exclusively for the museum curator, director, major donors and trustees. Rarely seen on the market, this is one of the 30 hand signed works. It was acquired from the estate of a former director of the Carnegie Museum. Note the present listing is for the Joan Mitchell work alone as shown. the Mitchell lithograph is unnumbered, but it is from the portfolio numbered 23/30. Joan Mitchell chose to sign her print in ink on the colophon page of the portfolio, under a quote of hers, which accompanies and can be framed alongside it or back to back.
Catalogue Raisonné: 155, Lembark (for the entire portfolio)
Publisher: Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Printer: Maeght, Paris
This work will be included in the original portfolio sleeve for provenance with colophon hand signed by Joan Mitchell, and sent to winning purchaser who will be furnished with a gallery issued Certificate of Guarantee; authenticity is guaranteed.