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A Serigraph Edition by Ed Ruscha: “Zoot Soot (Dedicated to the memory of Richard Duardo)”

Modern Multiples presents a 35-color serigraph by contemporary American artist, Ed Ruscha.

“It’s not artist-makes-print, but rather artist-and-printer-make-print.” 

-Ed Ruscha

“Keep that. Keep that. Keep that…” Ed Ruscha and the Modern Multiples team met in Ruscha’s L.A. studio in June to look over proofs for his latest screen print edition “Zoot Soot (Dedicated to the memory of Richard Duardo)”. Production on the 35 color screen print edition started immediately. This graphic edition proved to be ambitious; Ruscha’s previous record for most color layers in a printed work has been somewhere between 13 color layers, we were told by his studio assistant. Ruscha’s unique concept to replicate a handmade paper for the image demanded a high level rendering to achieve the pulpy uneven texture of the handmade paper from 2015.

The Inspiration:

Just after LA art icon Richard Duardo‘s passing Ed Ruscha designed a die cut edition in half inch thick handmade paper in 2015 and dedicated it to Richard. Pressed at Aardvark Letterpress the edition’s cut-out letters read “ZOOT SOOT” and sold out almost immediately through Bert Green Fine Art.

Now in 2019, this new edition by Ruscha of the same design builds layer by layer the image of hand made paper via the screen printing process. The negative space within the letters now contains palm trees and a clear blue sky. Subtraction and addition; one edition is a cut-out, the other is a layer-on. Two opposites each for their respective editions honor Duardo the pop artist master printer and rave scene pioneer- an artist whose career travels in many directions.

“Zoot Soot (Dedicated to the memory of Richard Duardo)”, 2019

– 35-Color Serigraph

– 15” x 16.75” (paper), 9.75” x 12.25” (image)

– Edition of 40

– Saunders Waterford W/C, White, 200lb HP, 425gsm

– Hand Deckled finish

– Modern Multiples Studio Chop

– Hi-res image available upon request

Thanks to the excellent relationship between Bert Green Fine Art, Ed Ruscha’s studio, and the team at Modern Multiples, this second interpretation of “Zoot Soot” is executed in consultation with Bert Green Fine Art.

This fact is instrumental in the narrative of this edition because the 35 color layers printed with hand mixed inks recreate in stunning 3-dimensionality a photograph of one of the “Zoot Soot” impressions from the 2015 edition. Mr. Ruscha then modified the photo with iconic L.A. palm trees and blue sky, and submitted it to Modern Multiples for proofing. A BAT (“Bon á Tirer”, or “good to pull”) was signed upon our very first presentation of proofs!

We are very proud of and humbled by the narrative behind this artwork and hope that you, too, may appreciate its significance in contemporary art. Higher resolution images are available upon request.

 

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In loving memory…

Happy Birthday Richard! Maestro!

Richard Duardo

(May 15, 1952 – November 11, 2014)

 

 

In Richard Duardo’s 62 years on Earth, he played an important role in the lives of countless people, underdog to celebrity, and influenced the lives of so many more directly with friendship and mentorship or indirectly through his influence on all worlds of Art in Los Angeles and beyond.
 
Check out the Tributes created in his memory, available in the Shop.
 
Here’s a link to a great short video on Richard made in 2012 thanks to DZapaMedia.


 

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Pre-sale and Signing for New KMNDZ Prints

If you haven’t already, contact us to receive the Pre-Release email for the Large Format HPM of Johnny KMNDZ’s “Grenade Wren”!

Signing of both editions will be this coming Thursday and anyone who owns one by then will be gifted a small format print and invited to Modern Multiples to hang with the artist and print team during the signing!

Final touches to KMNDZ’s “Grenade Wren” have been completed, all we are waiting for now are signatures from the artist himself.
“But it’s just a print, right?”

HARDLY! There are over 15 hand separated layers created by the Modern Multiples team based on an original painting by KMNDZ AND over 20 hours of painting by the artist himself!

This Hand Painted Multiple (HPM) edition has hand work and digital design, has transparent metallic inks is printed on 300g paper so heavy it might as well be canvas, and spawns from KMNDZ’s desire to organically collaborate on a print unlike any he ever has before with the late Richard Duardo’s Modern Multiples.
On our last day of painting, Johnny told us that “…this red layer is inspired by Richard. He knew how to move quick, not overthink, and most of all, have fun.”

Very excited to release this edition of only 20 towards the end of the month! DM to get on list for PRE-RELEASE price! In addition, KMNDZ Small Format Grenade Wren edition of 100 are about to be deckled for release on April 27th. $50.

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Art Brewery 2019: Coming up next week April 6-7 !

The Art Brewery is back next week from April 6-7 at 11-6pm at 2100 North Main Street. We will be there among many other talented artists at the Jesus Wall Gallery! We will have a variety of prints for sale by artists such as Richard Duardo and John Van Hamersveld (sign up for our email list to get info in advance!) Go to the Art Brewery website here or the Facebook event page here. We hope to see you there!

 

Cheers,

Modern Multiples Team

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Artwork for Sale on Our @mm_archive Instagram!

Modern Multiples is excited to announce that we have had a MASSIVE art drop on our second Instagram, @mm_archive. We are continuing to drop artworks for sale on our streamlined account focusing on archival works available for acquisition Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mm_archive/ . New works are being released so check it out before they are all gone! If you haven’t already, make sure to follow us on our @modernmultiples Instagram, where you can get updates on the events and happenings at the studio! And if you are interested in joining our email list and getting exclusive content like the “Johnny Faces” seen here, go to our “Contact” page to sign up!

What is this collection of new artwork releases? Well…

“The Archive Box… BUST OPEN & FOR SALE:
This is your chance to own a piece of history! An archive box FULL of serigraphs printed by Richard Saul Duardo / Modern Multiples / Allied Artists / Future Perfect / Art & Commerce / Aztlan Multiples / Hecho en Aztlan — decades of Duardo publishing projects by dozens of artists — is here for your perusing and collecting pleasure. .

A major University was going to acquire this archive of work from the Estate of Richard Duardo. Somewhere along the way, they changed their minds. We won’t say who, only that they’re located somewhere near Stanford, CA. 😉 Their loss, your gain. .

Since this is such a massive amount of work from a large time period with several “last of”s, some information may be missing from certain pieces. Please DM for more information, pricing, or to arrange an in-person viewing. . .”

See you on Instagram!

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Please sign up for our mailing list if you would like to receive updates & special offers from Modern Multiples.

In the following months, we will be digging into archives and RE-RELEASING works by several artists who have deep histories with Modern Multiples. These re-releases will be accompanied by archival scans dating back to the 1980s to satisfy the art historian in you and offer just a glimpse into the history that gives this studio it’s legendary street cred.

On top of that, subscribe to our mailing list to enjoy:
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Promotional Discounts on our Website Shop
Invitations to 2019 Programming @ Modern Multiples
and more.

In addition, if you take the survey using the button below by Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 you will receive a 30% discount code off your entire order in our online shop.

If you thought that you were already on our list please re-subscribe… we are reworking our email lists based on interests, so please check all that apply in our survey. Thanks!

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Carlos Almaraz Playing With Fire

Tomorrow is the world premiere of the documentary, “Carlos Almaraz Playing with Fire” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

“This stunning documentary explores the brief, rich, and contradictory life of the artist Carlos Almaraz: a Chicano activist, sexual outlaw, and visionary painter of some of the most unforgettable images of southern California.”

Modern Multiples had the honor of being able to screen sprint some of his limited editions. Check the link out below for tickets!

www.psfilmfest.org

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RSD Little Box of Art Debut!

The Estate of Richard Saul Duardo,

L’Atelier Printing, and

Modern Multiples

are proud to present a…

Little Box of Art™

Today, we officially release the Richard Duardo Little Box of Art™!

The timing couldn’t be better either! Today, May 15th, 2017 would be Richard’s 65th Birthday. Happy Birthday, RSD.

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“We’re making a case for art,” said Fly Tucker of L’Atelier Printing as he proposed this project to the Estate of RSD. L’Atelier Printing has already published 3 artists (Van Arno, Anthony Ausgang, and Germizm) making this the fourth box and FIRST time a deceased artist’s works will be available in this collectable format!

The “Little Box of Art” features…

  • An 8.5″ x 8.5″ x 1.75″ wooden Gift Box containing…
  • 15 archival pigment prints, approx. 7″ x 7″,  of Richard Duardo artwork spanning nearly 3 decades,
  • A Legend with all 15 artworks’ titles and year,
  • A Certificate of Authenticity embossed with both Modern Multiples’ and L’Atelier’s chops,
  • Hand-pulled, screen printed box decals front and back,
  • Hand-crafted interiors, and
  • An embossed Edition number “RSD 001”-“RSD 200” on the side of the box notating the limited edition of 200!

 

Modern Multiples – the living legacy of master printmaker Richard Duardo – IS STILL PRINTING and has decided to co-publish this edition by producing the archival prints in-house. Approximately 7″ x 7″, the artwork inside is printed with Ultrachrome HD inks on 100% rag, acid-free paper. The colors and quality of these prints are begging to be in a mini frame! You can rotate out your favorite one whenever you please!

Collect yours HERE!

 

 

 

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Frank Romero’s Famous Again!

Modern Multiples and its crew would like to formally congratulate artist, legend, partner and friend Frank Romero for his continued success and recent peak in renown as he celebrates his life work in several locations with concurrent shows “Dreamland” at MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art), “Soñando en East Los” at CalState LA’s Fine Art Gallery and “Soñando en Califas” at Eastern Projects in Chinatown’s Blossom Plaza.

 

DREAMLAND @ MOLAA:

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It was a real pleasure to see an LA Chicano artist in MOLAA. Modern Multiples team Lisa Duardo and Montana Mills get an early bird hello in with Romero outside MOLAA by the car show at the Opening Reception on Saturday Feb. 11th, 2017.

Show on exhibition until May 21st. Get your tickets here.

 

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SOÑANDO en EAST LOS @ CSULA FINE ART GALLERY:csula romero opening

 

los4 at csula whittier blvd st csulaCSULA Fine Art Gallery, which recently hosted Modern Multiples’ own “Richard Duardo: Artist and Master Printmaker” in October 2016, now houses a concurrent show of works on paper for Frank Romero. In fact, Romero has produced a lot of limited editions in his life and many were thanks to the many studios Richard Duardo owned and operated. For example, “The Closing of Whittier Boulevard” to the left was printed by Aztlan Multiples, one of Modern Multiples’ predecessors.

This show is still open as well until March 10th, 2017. Free to visit. View location and time availability here.

 

SOÑANDO en CALIFAS @ EASTERN PROJECTS:

frank romero easter projectsLastly, a wonderful show that’s already come down, “Soñando en Califas” at Eastern Projects in Chinatown’s Blossom Plaza was a timely show for Romero which preceded the openings at MOLAA and CSULA. The mere fact that Frank had enough artwork to fill Eastern Projects while so much of his body of work was already curated into a museum and a university’s fine art gallery is stunning. His life’s work is a rooted, vibrant depiction of the Los Angeles Chicano experience.

Don’t miss out on attending the retrospectives still on display! He’s surely in another iteration of fame! In his own words, “I’ve been around so long I’ve been famous six times.” Think this makes 7, Frank! Congratulations.


Much of Frank Romero’s limited edition works created at Modern Multiples are available to collect through the Modern Multiples Shop! Take a look and collect yourself a Frank Romero today!

romero_frank-whittier_boulevard “The Closing of Whittier Boulevard”

$7,500.

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“Arrest of the Paleteros”

$3,200.

romero_frank-spitfire

“Spitfire”

$600.

Frank Romero "California Palms"

“California Palms”

$600.

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“Untitled”

$600.

Frank Romero "Modern Multiples Poodle Tribute" Modern Multiples Poodle Tribute

“Modern Multiples Poodle Tribute”

$100.

romero_2012_chevy

“Chevy Lowrider”

$800.