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The Most Important Film Ever Made
  • Ronald Brooks Kitaj
    1932–2007
    born: Chagrin Falls, Ohio, United States ; died: Los Angeles, California, United States ; active: England, United Kingdom, United States
  • The Most Important Film Ever Made, 1974
  • Where object was made: United States
  • color screen print, collage
  • Paper Type: Printed on three different paper - lar
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 699 x 1042 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 27 1/2 x 41 in
    Frame Dimensions: 32 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 1 1/4 in
    Weight: 15 lbs
  • Gift of Mrs. Gordon Abrams through the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 1979.0194
Description
Literature
Exhibitions

Background - covers of pamphlets with cobalt blue. A two-humped camel stands beside a railroad track lower right. Brief statement about the film "Turk Sib"; titled printed on white sheet lower left.

This work includes covers of monthly movie pamphlets with an intricate, superimposed grid pattern. The work illustrates the artist's fascination with images drawn from popular culture, especially his preoccupation with actors and their lives. It also demonstrates his reliance on the technical skills of his printer, Christopher Prater, who brings the artist's ideas to realization.