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RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ Celebrate New York/Ed Koch, Ed Koch/Celebrate New York 1974, Silkscreen (hand signed, dated & inscribed) - unframed
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This vintage 1974 Anuszkiewicz silkscreen is a rare collectible when hand signed, as the present work. It was created to celebrate legendary New York politician Ed Koch. Most New Yorkers remember Koch as the colorful, flamboyant, outspoken and loveable three-term mayor of the city. But before Koch became mayor he was in fact a two term member of the House of Representatives for New York. In 1973 when Anuszkiewicz created this silkscreen, and 1974 when he signed it, Koch was still a Congressman. (He did not become mayor until 1978). Koch was an old-style Jewish politician with a classic, borscht belt type humor that helped to make him a beloved institution in the city. What many people don't know is that when Koch died in 2013, He chose to put the last words of the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl on his tombstone: "My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish."
Provenance of this silkscreen is excellent as it was acquired directly from the estate of the master printer of this silkscreen, Lowell Jackson, head of Chromacomp, Inc., and is in fact personally inscribed in pencil by Anuszkiewicz to Lowell.
signed, dated by Richard Anuszkiewicz and inscribed "to Lowell" on the recto (front)