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R. B. Kitaj, 1932–2007
What Is a Comparison?
Former Title(s):
What is Comparison?, 1964, from the Mahler Becomes Politics, Beisbol portfolio, 1964-7
Part Of:

Collective Title: Mahler Becomes Politics, Beisbol, 1964-7

Materials & Techniques:
Screen print on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Sheet: 31 × 22 1/8 inches (78.7 × 56.2 cm), Image: 28 3/4 × 19 11/16 inches (73 × 50 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, lower left:"62/70"; upper right:"45"; inscribed on verso in graphite, lower right: "GW 3473"; upper left: "Cab 45"

Lettered inside image: "THIS IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF FOUR | VOLUMES IN WHICH THE "UNUSUAL" | WORDS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARE | APPROXIMATELY GRADED IN ORDER OF | DIFFICULTY AND OBSCURITY. THE PRESENT | VOLUME CONTAINS WORDS WHICH CAN | AND SHOULD BE USED IN EVERYDAY | SPEECH. ALL PRONOUNCIATIONS ARE SHOWN | BY A SIMPLE METHOD. | D.U.W.[A] | DICTONARY | OF |UNUSUAL | WORDS | PART "A" HEROES OF THE ALCAZAR" | By | Demy 8vo. | Fully Illustrated. | 7s. 6d. net | EYRE & SPOTTISWOODE (PUBLISHERS) LTD" "THE MARCH | OF A NATION | H. G. CARDOZO | THE 'RIGHT' BOOK CLUB" "THE | MARCH | OF A | NATION | of blue-green letters and vice versa. Resulting clash causes edge of letters seemingly | to vibrate. The strong after-image of this panel shows the colors precisely reversed. | HIGH | VISIBILITY (lettering torn horizontally) | With 24 Plates and 8 Maps" "THE MARCH OF | A NATION | THE 'RIGHT' BOOK CLUB | 10 SOHO Square | LONDON, W. 1"; below image, lower left: "What is a comparison?"

Signed in graphite, lower right: "Kitaj"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Anonymous Gift
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
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Just what was it that made British Pop so different, so appealing? (Yale Center for British Art, 2004-01-26 - 2004-05-09) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

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