Movie Street

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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 22 3/8" x 33"
  Edition size: 250
  Numbered Proofs: 52
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 21
  Total Edition size: 323
  Number of colors: 16
  Year printed: 1997
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 920 Last price on secondary mkt.
The scene is modern day New York City - Times Square. To Authouart, New York is to modern history what Rome was to the world in the days of Caesar. Everything can be seen and everything can be done in New York.
Authouart has been exhibiting regularly in New York City since 1983. Whenever there, he spends all of his time sketching and much of it in legendary Times Square. What a shame, he thought, that the cinemas were closing and the smut industry and the homeless were overrunning the area. Yet in his mind he could not help but to imagine the glorious days of time gone by with cinemas illuminated and stars out front.
Movie Street is a composition made from sketches Authouart made while exhibiting at Art New York International in 1994. It represents a history of Times Square and the movie industry from the 1940s to the 1990s. Scenes, billboards, marquees and actors on the street bring to life the legend that is Times Square.
King Kong, Lauren & Hardy, Gene Kelly, Clark Gable - they are all there. You can even see the image of Frankenstein's monster reflected from the car. Symbolically the little cowboy (the young nation of America) has tragically killed the American Indian.
This image is classic Authouart, packed with the icons that, to so many, are America.

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