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I Dreamed by Rene Ricard

I Dreamed by Rene Ricard

Petersburg Press

Colour Lithograph


Edition Size: 30

Sheet Size: 29 x 21 inches


Condition: Pristine

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Lithograph on Sekishu Kozogami Turu paper. Edition 30. Signed by the artist center left in pencil; numbered center right in pencil.

Abstract yellow and black Rene Ricard print with hand painted poetry on handmade paper. Printed in black ink at the top of the sheet and framed with a thin line, the artist’s loose handwriting reads: “I dreamed / I had a baby / Every time I cut off / its head three more / grew back.” Towards the bottom of the sheet, Ricard’s signature is printed in yellow and marigold orange, along with “June 1989”. Ricard’s cursive is reminiscent of Japanese Sumi-e ink paintings, an association enhanced by the use of handmade Japanese paper.

Ricard was a poet and an art critic and poet who published numerous books of his poetry, and the increasing use of text in his work over the 1980’s reflects this interest in the written word. He viewed visual art and poetry not as separate mediums but as symbiotic modes of expression. Ricard’s confessional hand-painted and hand-written poetry is almost always accompanied by the artist’s outsized signature, integrated into the composition, or placed at its center. Here, Ricard scrawls his signature across the page of I Dreamed, displaying the artist’s unabashed confidence and flamboyance.


The Artist

Rene Ricard

In the 1980s, he wrote a series of influential essays for Artforum magazine. Having achieved stature in the art world by successfully launching the career of painter Julian Schnabel, Ricard helped bring Jean-Michel Basquiat to fame. In December 1981 he published the first major article on Basquiat, entitled “The Radiant Child,” in Artforum. Ricard also contributed art essays to numerous gallery and exhibition catalogs. Ricard was immortalized by Basquiat in the drawing entitled Rene Ricard / Axe, representing the tension that existed between the two. Andy Warhol called him “the George Sanders of the Lower East Side, the Rex Reed of the art world.”

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