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Safeguarding of Life from the portfolio Struggle in the West: The Bombing of London

© Estate of R. B. Kitaj, courtesy, Marlborough Gallery, New York

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R. B. Kitaj

American, 1932-2007

Safeguarding of Life from the portfolio Struggle in the West: The Bombing of London, 1968

color screen print and photoscreenprint

Edition: 62/70

sheet: 40 1/4 x 27 1/4 inches (102.24 x 69.21 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Gordon Abrams, 1979


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Screen print

Information may change due to ongoing research.Glossary of Terms

“Struggle in the West: The Bombing of London,” which R. B. Kitaj originally called “Horizon/Blitz,” centers on the City of London during the World War II blitz bombings and the contribution to the war efforts by four literary gentlemen: Cyril Connolly, Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender, and the Rt. Hon. John Strachey. The suite, which features an amalgam of techniques, from screen printing to collaged photographs, is one of Kitaj’s most colorful groupings of prints. In the process of making Die gute alte Zeit, he instructed the printer to “Go for contrast—use a deep purple and complimentary yellow on one image, a flat orange and khaki green on another, etc. . . . I’ll leave it to you to find strange mixtures and I can correct what I don’t like.”

Label from R. B. Kitaj: Don’t Listen to the Fools, June 21–September 15, 2013

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