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Judgement Day at NEA

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Warrington Colescott, Judgement Day at NEA, 1991, soft-ground etching, aquatint, and marbling, with à la poupée inking, and relief rolls through stencils, printed in color on white Rives BFK paper, Gift of the artist, © Warrington Colescott, 2001.57.13

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Title

Judgement Day at NEA

Artist

Warrington Colescott (American, born 1921)

Date

1991

Medium

soft-ground etching, aquatint, and marbling, with à la poupée inking, and relief rolls through stencils, printed in color on white Rives BFK paper

Edition

13/20

Catalogue Raisonné

Chapin 292

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 27 3/4 in x 43 1/2 in; sheet: 31 1/4 in x 47 5/8 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of the artist

Accession Number

2001.57.13

Copyright

© Warrington Colescott

Terms

etching

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

paper

à la poupée

Description

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reviews hundreds of proposals every year from artists seeking funding. Warrington Colescott once served on the panel of the NEA and described the relentless parade of slide carousels that had to be reviewed in quick succession each day. If a slide was upside down in the tray, rather than removing it and replacing it the proper way, the panel was forced to turn their heads, or, as in this print, do a handstand, rather than slow down the process.

Colescott stages an elaborate scene of the inner workings of the NEA in his complex print. In the background, the panel reviews slide after slide, while the foreground characters reference the 1989 uproar about NEA funding of an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe's homoerotic photographs. Protestors carry signs reading "War not Sex," and "No Visible Body Parts," while a uniformed officer devours a copy of ARTnews in an effort to suppress its contents.

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