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John Currin

The Beggar’s Alms, 2002

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Etching with aquatint, sugarlift,
spitbite, and drypoint on Somerset
soft white textured, 250 g/m2,
paper size: 23 1/2 x 18 1/2” (59,6 x 47 cm), image: 10 1/2 x 8 1/2” (25,4 x 20,3 cm),
printed by Greg Burnet,
Burnet Editions, New York,
Ed. 70/XXV, signed and numbered

Past and present: sameness across centuries in radically different guise.


“He’s not after anything as safe as a simple rehearsal of art history… what you’re witnessing is an artist in the grip of a passion far stranger than any kind of kitsch love you could care to name: Currin has fallen for academic painting. He’s found a fetish for technique, for style. And in a way, it’s hard to imagine a less fashionable enthusiasm.” Mark van de Walle Parkett No. 65, 2002