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Coat Hanger I
lithograph, on Copperplate Deluxe paper, 1960, signed and dated in pencil, annotated 'artist's proof' (one of six artist's proofs, the edition was 35), published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York, with their blindstamp, with full margins, in good condition, framed
Image: 25 5/8 x 21 1/8 in. (651 x 537 mm.)
Sheet: 36 1/8 x 26 7/8 in. (918 x 683 mm.)
Univeral Limited Art Editions 2
Williamstown, Massachusetts, Williams College Museum of Art; Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts; The Modern Art of the Print: Selections from the Collection of Lois and Michael Torf, 5 May-14 October 1984, no. 93 p. 147 (illustrated)

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Derived from Johns' 1959 Coat Hanger drawing and painting, Coat Hanger I, translates a three dimensional object into print. In the painting an actual coat hanger is attached to the canvas, a device which relates both to the Duchampian tradition of presenting common place objects as art and also relates to the combine paintings of Robert Rauschenberg. Here in the print the eye questions what it sees, as the coat hanger melds with the densley hatched background which lies below or behind, as the coat hanger perched on its nail.

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