Canal Street (diptych)

previous image back to list next image

Click on Image to Enlarge Click on Image to Enlarge

Click on image to enlarge, then scroll to view detail

  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 40 3/4" x 59 1/2"
  Edition size: 175
  Numbered Proofs: 37
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 20
  Total Edition size: 232
  Number of colors: 16
  Year printed: 1987
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 1500
Canal Street was made from a sketch Authouart made on New York's Canal Street in 1985. Again we see observations and statements of America and American culture.
In this scene, Authouart shows the imaginary presence of the American past and the breath of the sea which is always present in New York.
On the left side of the piece we see an old Ford with an American flag, steer horns from the American southwest, and Mickey Mouse. In the car are two American GIs and a Native American. Together with the ocean liner in the background, the Native American signifies that Americans are either native born Indians or immigrants from across the sea.
In the foreground, melded into the street, are Authouart's favorite actress, Lauren Bacall and his favorite mystery writer, Dashiell Hammett.
Authouart has always been active in the theater, building stage sets. In this picture the building façades appear as stage sets. The clusters of neon signs are typically American. There is even an Elvis shop.
Appropriately larger than life and towering atop the New York City skyline is the Coca-Cola symbol, a symbol of American commercialism and economic influence the world over.

The image is best examined by clicking on it directly, then scrolling to view detail.

  top  
previous image   next image
  back to list