Conrad Marca-Relli (1913-2000, U.S.)
Meeting Place, 1982
Lithograph on Somerset paper, 65 x 79 cm.
Gift of Kenneth L. Halsband ‘88
“Collage forces you to think and clarify ideas, with regard to both space and volumes. This discipline obliges me to think in terms of forms, outlines, real and imagined spaces, so as not to fall into the temptation of thinking that nature is a reality.” Marca-Relli
Conrad Marca-Relli was a Boston-born painter and sculptor who belonged to the early generation of New York School Abstract Expressionist artists. Following a period of painting Surrealist inspired imagery, Marca-Relli made a critical breakthrough with large-scale collage paintings that frequently drew inspiration from the human form to create abstract compositions of interlocking curves and angles. He is considered to be one of the first artists to raise the art of collage to a status comparable with monumental painting, which paved the way for the large “combine paintings” of the Neo-Dada artists of the 1960s.
Early in his career, Marca-Relli recognized that for abstraction to be emotionally moving, the use of psychologically affecting shapes and textures were necessary. Contours and shapes in his work were therefore based on imagined architectural themes or figure arrangements but were deliberately left ambiguous.
Marca-Relli took a constructive approach to image making, building up surfaces by cutting out and applying shapes to canvas or metal supports. He did not seek gestural movement or uncontrolled spontaneity, but sought to create controlled, complex compositions of interlocking forms.
Marca-Relli maintained strong links to Europe throughout his life and did not wish to break from the traditions of the “Old World” unlike many of his contemporaries. He lived and worked in France, Spain, and Italy and looked to European painters from the Renaissance, Cubism, and metaphysical movements for inspiration.
About this particular print:
Edition: 15/150; Signed
Workshop: American Atelier, NY
publisher: Transworld Art, Inc., NY
Authentication: Alex Rosenberg Fine Art, NY
The plate, screen or stone has been canceled, erased or destroyed.
Marca-Relli, Conrad Marca-Relli / New York : Whitney Museum of Modern Art, c1967. ND237 .M238 A62