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CR. 487 Beau Geste VIII

Beau Geste VIII


CR. 487 Beau Geste VIII

lithograph on natural Japanese Gampi handmade paper
22 x 15 in. (55.9 x 38.1 cm)


Signed "RM" in pencil upper right; some impressions signed lower right


Numbered in pencil lower right; artist's chop mark lower left




15 AP, numbered I/XV-XV/XV
5 HC
3 PP
1 shop proof
TP (unrecorded)


Artist and France Liberté-Fondation Danielle Miterrand, Paris


Bruce Porter, assisted by David Lantow, Trestle Editions Limited, New York

Production Sequence

2 colors printed in 2 runs from 2 aluminum plates: 1. sanguine – plate; 2. black – plate


B 424


Motherwell donated this edition to a program titled "Mémoire Artistique de la Liberté" sponsored by France Liberté-Fondation Danielle Mitterand, Paris. It was organized to mark the bicentenary in 1989 of the French Revolution of 1789 and the fortieth anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights as a testament to peace and freedom. France Liberté was created by François Mitterand in 1981, and coordinated with Art Multi and Art Surface in Paris on the organization of the project. Proceeds from soles of the works were donated to the foundation to assist in its humanitarian and educational programs. A book documenting the project was published by Éditions Géfart, Paris, in several languages. It was donated to heads of state, museum officials, the international press, and national libraries, and served as a catalogue for the exhibitions. The works were exhibited at the Paris Opera on December 10, 1989, and at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1991. Artists participating in the project included Valério Adami, Pierre Alechinsky, Arakawa, Fernandes Arman, Richard Artschwager, Benjamin Vautier (Ben), Joseph Beuys, Bram Bogart, Chong Ha Byun, Luis Caballero, César, Sandro Chia, Christo, Robert Combras, Guillaume Beverloo Corneille, José. Luis Cuevas, Piero Dorazio, Erró, Sergio Ferro, Jean-Michel Folon, Sam Francis, Gérard Garouste, Nancy Graves, David Hockney, Toshimitsu Imaï, Robert Indiana, Paul Jenkins, Ellsworth Kelly, Joseph Kosuth, Yuri Kuper, Sol Le Witt, Roy Lichtenstein, Bengt Lindström, Ovide Maïtec, Jean Miotte, Robert Morris, Motherwell, Zoran Músic, Itsván Nádler, Mimmo Paladino, Robert Rauschenberg, Mimmo Rotella, Niki de Saint-Phalle, David Salle, Edik Schteinberg, Bernard Schultze, Seund Ja Rhee, José Maria Sicilia, Susana Solano, Jesus Rafael Soto, Antoni Tápies, Jean Tinguely, Marie-Helene Vieira da Silva, Tom Wesselmann, and Zao WouKi.

See also Comments for cat. no. 486.


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