The lithograph titled ‘Close Up. Number 1′ formed a set of six lithographs which were printed in colour on wove ‘hot pressed’ paper and printed to the sheet edge. The print is signed, titled and dated 1967 in pencil, and is numbered 27 of an edition of 75 copies. The print was printed and published by the Curwen Press, Cambridgeshire, in 1967. In excellent condition.
Sheet Size 600 x 600 mm.
‘Close Up’ is a series of six lithographs inspired by the artist’s experience of photography down an electron microscope (cutting edge technology for the time). Cohen’s images are artistic interpretations of ‘blown up’ microbes and bacteria and required new developments in lithography to carry out his vision. Seriously groovy and important pieces of 1960’s British art. An example of the complete set is held in the Tate Gallery’s permanent print collection.
‘I want to propose that art is fundamentally representational: a work of art stands for something which is not present to the viewer in the same sense that the work itself is present. I don’t mean that a work has to ‘look like’ the world, but that we should view a presentation as a set of assertions about the world rather than as a transformation of the world onto a flat surface. In short, what I mean by representation proceeded from the inside out, not the other way about.’ Harold Cohen Tate Gallery, 1983.