Carroll Dunham is known for his colorful, symbolistic paintings of nude bathers, often rendered cartoonish and crude. This print recalls how, over a long career, he has created a highly specific visual language, instantly recognizable as a Dunham fantasia. He began in the 1970s with painting primitive, abstract, biomorphic forms that eventually evolved into namable, concrete objects: man, woman, flower, tree. There’s a great privilege in seeing an artist’s original explorations and underlying formal obsessions; this 1988 print holds the secret swell of Dunham’s later themes and enriches the experience of viewing his mature work to come.
made in USA, 1989-89
material aquatint and drypoint on paper
size 41 h × 60 ¾ w in
description Sheet measures: 49.75 h x 69 w inches
Signed, dated and numbered to lower edge ’Carroll Dunham 1988-89 31/53’. This work is number 31 from the edition of 53.
condition Entire sheet visible in current frame. Excellent condition. Few soft handling creases to margin. Framed behind Plexiglas measuring 53.75 h x 72.75 w x 2 d inches