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Lester Johnson: The Kaleidoscopic Crowd Paintings Figurative Prints (1975) Rare!
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Lester Johnson: The Kaleidoscopic Crowd Paintings Figurative Prints (1975) Rare!
Lester Johnson: The Kaleidoscopic Crowd Paintings Figurative Prints (1975) Rare!
Lester Johnson: The Kaleidoscopic Crowd Paintings Figurative Prints (1975) Rare!
Lester Johnson: The Kaleidoscopic Crowd Paintings Figurative Prints (1975) Rare!

Lester Johnson: The Kaleidoscopic Crowd Paintings Figurative Prints (1975) Rare!

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Excellent overall condition. Grey buckram boards, with vertical title, are clean and crisp. Pastedown plates at interior. Dust jacket is in Fine condition with very light bump to top of spine and top edge.

Lester Johnson: The Kaleidoscopic Crowd, Paintings 1970-1974
[Inscription by Lester Johnson]

Rare Original Vintage Collectible First Edition 1975 Hardcover Art Catalog Book

Fascinating Addition to Any Art, Painting, or Lester Johnson Collection!!


Highly Collectible

Culturally Important Image of one of the Leading Figurative Painters in the World

Full Color Dust Jacket Cover and Illustrations with Prints throughout this First Edition Book

50 Pieces of Art Prints with Titles, Year, & Dimensions of Original Oil on Canvas (one on back cover)

Book Dimensions: Approx. 8 ¾” L x 8 ¾” W x ½” D

Unique Treatment of Some Illustrations with Black and White Print under a Full Color Print Overlay of the Same Image (see photos for example)

Great for understanding the artist's roots in Abstract Expressionism

A prime example of art in the post-World War II era

Excellent Contemporary Image of Lester Johnson, The Artist, American (1919 - 2010)

Naturally, since 2010, Lester Johnson's Work continues to Increase in Value

Lithograph Prints of Lester Johnson's Original Paintings Regularly Sell for $750 - $1200 each or More

‘Out of twenty-five years of painting, Lester Johnson has drawn a mysterious, unpredictable, and moving image. One could not have arrived at this image through analyzing society or through analyzing painting. It was brought into being by the act of painting itself, and it could emerge only as painting.
Johnson’s image derives from the simultaneity of the artist’s consciousness of art and his feelings about the state of man. It presupposes the appropriation of experience by a sensibility synthesized through the act of painting.’
--Harold Rosenberg

‘Art is always part of its time, and Johnson’s art has the potential to enlarge the way we perceive our times and ourselves . . . His counterrevolution in style and content is not another reactionary return to realism, but a synthesis of all of the best developments of modern painting in this century. . . Since art mirrors our time and the human condition, rather than asking, ‘What has happened to art?’, we should be asking instead, ‘What has happened to us?’.
--Burt Chernow


Description
Johnson's work has always had an expressive vitality; however, the recent works [1970 - 1974] signal a new direction in color and pattern. The kaleidoscopic and ever-changing crowd appears and reappears in constantly changing guises. Alive with energy and movement these street scenes represent one of the most personal statements on the human condition in our times. Johnson's men are joined by powerful and voluptuous women to create a view of today's world, a view as dynamic and exciting as any in the post-World War II period.


About the Artist
Lester Johnson has emerged in recent years [as of 1975] as one of the leading figurative painters in the world. This concise book examines the last four years in the evolutionary process of this fascinating artist. The artist's style is traced from his earliest roots in Abstract Expressionism through the early 1970s. It remains today as a relevant and formidable contemporary image of the man.

Lester Johnson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1919. Known as a second-generation abstract expressionist, Lester Johnson studied at the Minneapolis School of Art, the St. Paul Art School, and later at the Chicago Art Institute. His art education was academic and traditional. At St. Paul, he was introduced to Hans Hofmann's teaching approach, particularly the "push and pull" effects of form and color. After arriving in New York City in 1947, Johnson became one of the first downtown loft dwellers.

About the Author
Burt Chernow has written a text that is sensitive and direct in the insights that it offers to understanding the works of this modern master. He is an artist/teacher and author of several books and numerous articles. He has taught art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was associate professor, chairman of the art department, and director of the museum at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut.


LIST OF PLATES
(all illustrations are of works of oil on canvas)

1 THREE WOMEN #2 1973 60 x 50 in.
2 THREE MEN WITH CAPS 1970 66 x 72 in.
3 STREET SCENE WITH BUILDINGS #3 1974 60 x 48 in.
4 THREE CROUCHING FIGURES 1968 68 x 96 in.
5 THREE DRINKER SMOKING 1970 68 x 78 in.
6 FIVE MEN PASSING BY, GREEN 1970 68 x 80 in.
7 TIP OF BROADWAY 1972 80 x 90 in.
8 FOUR WOMEN 1974 60 x 50 in.
9 STREET SCENE WITH BUILDINGS #2 1974 80 x 100 in.
10 SEVEN MEN WITH HATS 1970 68 x 90 in.
11 EARLY ARRIVAL 1970 80 x 90 in.
12 CITY SCENE #2, DYPTIC 1970 68 x 50 in. each panel
13 STREET SCENE, GRAY 1971 66 x 68 in.
14 LATE ARRIVAL 1970 68 x 60 in.
15 HOUSTON STREET #2 1972 80 x 90 in.
16 BROADWAY #1 1972 60 x 50 in.
17 CROWD SCENE #2 1972 22 x 28 in.
18 CITY SCENE BLUE #1 1972 30 x 40 in.
19 CITY SCENE #1 DYPTIC 1971 68 x 68 in. each panel
20 HOUSTON STREET #1 1972 40 x 40 in.
21 LOWER BROADWAY #3 1972 60 x 50 in.
22 LOWER BROADWAY #4 1972 48 x 40 in.
23 MIDTOWN #4 1972 60 x 40 in.
24 CITY #3 1972 40 x 42 in.
25 LOWER BROADWAY #2 1972 68 x 48 in.
26 MIDTOWN #5 1972 28 x 30 in.
27 STREET SCENE, MEN 1974 40 x 50 in.
28 PORTRAIT OF LESLIE 1972 40 x 40 in.
29 PORTRAIT OF TONY 1974 40 x 50 in.
30 JAMES JOYCE #2 1971 22 x 28 in.
31 JAMES JOYCE 1971 60 x 68 in.
32 SILVER BEACH #3 1972 68 x 48 in.
33 SILVER BEACH #1 1972 80 x 96 in.
34 SILVER BEACH #2 1972 68 x 68 in.
35 MIDTOWN #3 1972 68 x 60 in.
36 GROUP PORTRAIT WITH LADY 1973 60 x 50 in.
37 THE CITY, WOMEN #1 1973 60 x 50 in.
38 MEN AND LADIES WALKING 1973 40 x 50 in.
39 CITY WOMEN 1973 40 x 50 in.
40 UNTITLED 1973 30 x 40 in.
41 THREE WOMEN 1973 40 x 50 in.
42 STREET SCENE WITH BUILDINGS #1 1974 80 x 100 in.
43 STREET SCENE WITH BUILDINGS #5 1974 40 x 48 in.
44 STREET SCENE WITH BUILDINGS #4 1974 30 x 40 in.
45 THE CITY, MEN AND WOMEN #4 1974 40 x 48 in.
46 CITY GRACES 1974 18 x 24 in.
47 CITY WOMEN #2 1974 14 x 18 in.
48 CITY WOMEN #3 1974 68 x 54 in.
49 CITY WOMEN #4 (JO) 1974 68 x 54 in.
Back Cover CITY SCENE WITH ANNA AND BURT 1974 30 x 40 in.
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