Downtown

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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 30 1/8" x 22 7/8"
  Edition size: 300
  Numbered Proofs: 51
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 19
  Total Edition size: 370
  Number of colors: 16
  Year printed: 2008
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 1460
Since 1985 Authouart has been coming to New York City. Captivated by the culture, the highs and lows of the city, the vibrancy and energy, he comes and he draws. During his 23 years sketching the streets of New York, he has focused on 42nd Street and the changes that have occurred
In one of his earliest lithos, 42nd Street, the street is abandoned, the shops are closed, the canopies and theater marquis’ are in disrepair, advertising their pornographic movies.
In a piece some years later, Movie Street, the gentrification of 42nd Street has begun. Authouart acknowledges this with an homage to the golden years of the cinema, the 1950s.
Nowadays, 42nd Street is one of the most attractive streets in the city. This is reflected in Downtown.
In one of the studies Authouart made for Downtown, he was inspired be the Woody Allen film “Manhattan”. Authouart's style is an underlayment of comics that tell a story. These comics are scenes from the movie. In the extreme lower left comic cell you can see Woody asking the question: "Why is life worth living? That’s a very good question." At the lower right you can see him walking down 42nd Street with his back to us, again pondering the meaning of life.

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