Monday, July 30, 2007
UPDATE (13 FEB 08): We have one print remaining from this edition.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Regardless of the feature's narrative flaws, the Flora works reproduced therein are magnificent, and include the late 1940s painting The Rape of the Stationmaster's Daughter, the 1951 woodcut Railroad Town, the 1951 tempera 63rd Street, and several commercial illustrations. Bonus: the article reveals in sordid detail the Flora-Elvis connection!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Besides the new edition of 50, there are a small number of proofs available in varying ink colors and papers (info on the RRT page).
The current block of five released prints (#41-45) is priced at $700 each.
UPDATE (July 20): The #41-45 block is sold out. We are now releasing #26-30 at $750 each.
UPDATE (July 21): One print sold of #26-30 block; four remain.
P.S. If you're in Hoboken, stop by Right Angle Framing at 320 Washington Street (bet. 3rd and 4th). A Railroad Town proof, elegantly framed by the shop's Pablo Godoy, is on exhibit in their window. And it's for sale — ask Pablo.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Flora carved Railroad Town in 1951 while living in Taxco. The trial proof relief print above was produced in December 2006. The June 2007 numbered edition (of 50), just completed at Yee-Haw Industrial Letterpress in Knoxville, is even better (alas, no photo yet). Most of the "saltiness" (white flecking) visible above in the peripheries has been eliminated by printmaker Bryan Baker. The impression is solid—and stunning.
The longer I stare at the details of this woodcut (click on image to enlarge), the more I'm convinced this is one of Flora's definitive masterpieces. Every quirk and every nuance is evident: music, architecture, dogs, and trains; wild contours and interlocking figures; degenerate behavior, multi-tiered cutaways, and unfathomable anatomy. It's a graphic traffic jam. As Flora once confessed, "I could never stand a static space."
The edition, struck from the original artist's block, features black ink on 280g archival-quality Rives BFK cream. The block measures 11" x 22-1/4", and the full print (with border, not shown above) measures 18-3/4" x 30". Each print is hand-titled and numbered, and authenticated in letterpress type (also not shown above).
We are releasing five unframed prints (#46-50) from the edition at $600 each (plus s/h; PayPal accepted). After those are sold, we will release a second block of five at $700 each. For subsequent releases, prices will increase as stock is depleted. We hope to offer these prints for sale officially by late July. If you want to get a jump on the market, email us. No one reads blogs anymore. If you've gotten this far, you're an insider.
UPDATE (14 JUL 07): First block of five quickly sold out. We have released prints #41-45 at $700 each.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
JFA is now releasing a block of 25 more prints at $175/ea. The 1955 illustration originally appeared on a 12" x 12" RCA Victor LP cover, but the print measures an outsized 20" x 20". The edition was produced using three acrylic screen printing inks meticulously matched to Flora's original colors on archival 100-pound off-white cover stock. All prints are numbered and authenticated.
If your budget is limited but you'd still like a Jim Flora LP cover in a 20" x 20" archival screen edition, the Pete Jolly Duo print (also featuring a 1955 RCA Victor illo) sells for $125. (Price applies to #2-51 of the print run of 125, after which—well, you know the drill).