Hand signed and numbered "30/44" by the artist.
Mitchell Squire (American, b.1958)
Edition of 44
Signed and numbered in pencil
Sheet: 44 x 30 inches (111.76 x 76.2 cm)
Executed between June and October 2013, this is the first print edition by the artist.
Lithograph printed in multiple shades of black from two aluminum plates, a fine, fresh impression of the only state, the full sheet, printed on 300gsm white Somerset UK paper, to the edges, signed and numbered in pencil by the artist, executed in an edition of 44 examples (there are also 6 numbered Artist Proofs, 4 numbered World House Editions proofs (WHE), 4 numbered Printer's Proofs (PP), 1 Bon a Tirer (BAT) proof and 2 Trial Proofs (on slightly larger sheets), printed by Maurice Sanchez at Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York, published by World House Editions, Middlebury, Connecticut, in very fine condition, unframed.
Des Moines, Des Moines Art Center, Heavy, Heavy Hangs Over Thy Head, 10 June - 25 September 2016, catalogue, illustrated (the museum's example).
Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Recent Acquisitions: Works on Paper, 11 November 2015 - 30 September 2016 (the museum's example).
Chicago, Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, RETREAT (organized by Theaster Gates), 22 August - 04 October 2014, catalogue, illustrated (another example).
Des Moines, Steven Vail Fine Arts - Project Room, Dialogues, 23 August - 31 October 2014, catalogue, unpaginated, illustrated (another example).
Tallman, Susan. "New Editions Review: Mitchell Squire," review in Art in Print, Volume 3, Number 5, January - February 2014, pp.22-23, illustrated.
According to the artist:
"Gladiators is an extension of my project that utilizes spent law enforcement artillery targets shot through by practicing officers. While that project capitalizes on the grotesque afterimage caused by successive rounds and accumulative layers—an exaggerated condition that is only perceivable when the gang of actual targets is presented in verso—the gladiator print is a way to examine the affective qualities of that imagery by more direct means. A miniature version of the life-sized silhouette is now the resulting mark of a repeated action; an action that allows me a more visceral grasp of the meaning of exaggeration and its relationship to law enforcement. For it proves impossible to make identical marks and more likely to cause obliteration and blot out."
Gladiators is in the following collections:
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa
The Progressive Art Collection, Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, Ohio