Very large original working proof. Single leaf, measuring 72” x 40”, screen-printed in black, red, green, and blue on semi-rigid white vinyl. Rolled. Features preliminary impressions of twelve early Steve Kaufman Art Studio works: Malcolm X (a suite of four prints); Live to ride, our right to decide — Fight the helmet law, write your congressman!; Trojan-Enz — Protection You Can’t Do Without; Keith Haring: A Hero who should be remembered for the way he lived (suite of six memorial service handbills). Considerably annotated in crimson and sky blue marker at vinyl substrate and taped-down white card slips. Light wear, toning and soiling, tape residue at edges, small vinyl splits at top edge and lower left panel. Soiling to verso.
Steve Kaufman (1960-2010) was an assistant to Andy Warhol at The Factory who would himself become a groundbreaking American pop artist and a noted philanthropist and social activist. From 1989-1992, he opened and ran Art Studio in New York City (which produced this mock-up) before moving the Studio to Los Angeles. During this same period, Kaufman also completed 55 Racial Harmony Murals in and around New York City with images of Malcolm X.
According to the Kaufman Catalogue Raisoneé, such Printer Proofs are usually fewer than Artist Proofs and thus provide an exclusive opportunity for collectors.
An extraordinary, singular opportunity to own this one-of-a-kind working proof of twelve original Steve Kaufman works. Item #666