Tanguy, Yves (American, born France, 1900-1955). UNTITLED - FROM VVV PORTFOLIO. Wittrock 10. Etching, 1942. Published as one of the prints in the "VVV Portfolio" published by VVV Editions in New York 1943 in an Edition of 20, signed and dated in pencil. 12 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches (plate), 16 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches (sheet). In excellent condition. Because the edition was so small, the print is rare. The following is from the Wikipedia article about the magazine VVV, which published the portfolio: "VVV was first published in June 1942.[2] The magazine was published and edited by David Hare[3] in collaboration with Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst. VVV's editorial board also enlisted a number of associated thinkers and artists, including Aime Cesaire, Philip Lamantia, and Robert Motherwell. Each edition focused on "poetry, plastic arts, anthropology, sociology, (and) psychology," and was lavishly illustrated by Surrealist artists, including Giorgio de Chirico, Roberto Matta and Yves Tanguy." The magazine was experimental in format, as well as, in content. VVV included fold-out pages, sheets of different sizes and paper stock, and bold typography and color. The second magazine (which included issues two and three) featured a "readymade" by Duchamp as the back cover which was a cutout female figure "imprisoned" by a piece of actual chicken wire. Only four issues of VVV were published (the second and third issues were printed as a single volume). The last one was published in February 1944.[2] However, it provided an outlet for European Surrealist artists, who were displaced from their home countries by World War II, to communicate with American artists."
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