The Floorshow at the Lapin Agile. Barry McCallion.

The Floorshow at the Lapin Agile.

East Hampton, NY: 2019. Artist's book, unique, all on cream Richard de Bas wove paper, signed and dated by the artist, Barry McCallion, May 2019. Page size: 13 x 10 x 1-1/4 inches; 12pp. 10 of which are painted and/or collaged. Bound by Joelle Webber: leporello style in red cloth over boards with hand-painted three-dimensional collage by the artist, Barry McCallion, on front panel of woman dressed in blue leotard with multi-color tights and scattered "dots" and "dashes" surrounding her (think sparks of electricity generated by her) on cream paper ground.; housed in blue cloth over boards clamshell box with title lettered in black on cream paper on spine. Barry McCallion has used India ink and acrylics on paper as well as the "architectural" elements cut from board and painted with India ink colors. He adds in the colophon that in the early days of the Lapin Agile there was Frede the owner with his guitar (appearing in Picasso's brilliant 1905 oil painting "Au Lapin Agile.") The floorshow is entirely in the imagination of Barry McCallion - as are Diego and Zapoteca. These imaginary entertainers (dancers? acrobats?) move across the brightly painted pages in equally vibrant costumes, soaring above one another as well as tumbling below. The bold "blue" painted patches seem to serve as curtains for the stage; the moving figures on yellow and orange and maroon ground manage to convey fast-pace and exciting show. Unbroken grey borders at the top and bottom of each page further create the sense of a stage and show. The "architectural" dancing figures are marionette-like in form, again conveying the idea of motion in all directions. When the book is fully displayed, the panorama created by the artist is splendid, catching the gaiety and passion that one associates with Montmartre in the early 1900's. A most exciting book - full of the joie de vivre of Montmartre. Item #11425

Price: $5,250.00

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