John Willenbecher - On the Bowery
JOHN WILLENBECHER (b. 1936)
On the Bowery, 1971
silkscreen on Schoellers Parole paper, edition of 100 + 20 AP
signed and numbered
25.5 x 25.5 in || 64.8 x 64.8 cm (paper size)
This print is sold unmatted and unframed and includes free shipping in a reinforced PrintPad box within the continental US.
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC.
John Willenbecher (b. 1936) is an American painter who created artworks during the popular periods of Minimalism, Pop art, and Colour Field painting yet never comfortably fit into those categories.
His inclusion for the On the Bowery portfolio is a forerunner to his painterly constructions entitled “Five Cenotaphs for Étienne Boulée” which he showed in 1975. The works are a similar gray acrylic on arch-shaped, wooden panels.
On the Bowery, 1971, is a landmark artist portfolio compiled by William Katz and Eliot Elisofon that surveyed ten artists living on the Bowery in 1971, including: Cy Twombly, Robert Ryman, Will Insley, Robert Indiana, Les Levine, John Willenbecher, Charles Hinman, Richard Smith, Gerald Laing, and John Giorno.
In the accompanying essay to the portfolio, William Katz writes:
“The artistic life on the Bowery is active and diverse: small experimental theaters dot the upper end of the street and several modest art galleries have opened. Among other artists, writers and photographers who have lived or worked there are: Arman, Jack Brusca, Larry Calcagno, Pierre Clerk, George Cohen, Tom Doyle, Jean Dupuy, Janet Fish, Robert Frank, Adolf Gottlieb, Eva Hesse, Jill Johnston, Stanley Landsman, Roy Lichtenstein, Jay Maisel, Ed Meeneley, Malcolm Morley, Kenneth Noland, Joe Overstreet, Paul Potash, Angelo Savelli, Dinah Smith, Gene Swenson, Robert Thomson, Bob Watts, Tom Wesselmann, Ann Wilson and Irene Winter.
Like other "undeveloped" pockets in New York, the Bowery and its neighborhood have become too valuable to escape being noticed.”