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I Love You B

I Love You (Love Letters)

Japanese Color Screenprint

I Love You B

by Ay-O, 1975

Print 1 from the series <Then, Mr. Ay-o got drunk by the Rainbow> <Very popular story> <Event for prints> <Rainbow glass>

IHL Cat. #2035

About This Print

Ay-O derived I Love You B from his own silkscreen work of 1974 titled I Love You (Love Letters) (see IHL Cat. #1472), and Marcel Duchamp's Étant donnés (1946-1966), an assemblage containing a headless woman mannequin.

The Artist Comments
Source: AY-O’s Rainbow Prints Catalogue Raisonne 1954-1979, Sadajirō Kubo, Sohbun-sha, p. 160.

"I love you B combines the Mexican fellow's garments [see "The Original Lithograph" on the page I Love You (Love Letters)], a nude and a gas lamp said to be made of pig hide held in the hands of a headless woman's torso suggested by Duchamp's last work [Etant donnésowned by the Philadelphia Art Museum, repeated in a pattern along with parallel lines. A part of this work I titled Portrait of Yoshiaki Tono [art critic]."

I Love You (Love Letters) by Ay-O, 1974
Interior view of Etant donnés:
1° la chute d'eau / 2° le gaz d'éclairage
(Given: 1. The Waterfall /2. The Illuminating Gas),
by Marcel Duchamp, 1946-1966
image source: website tout-fait The Marcel Duchamp Studies Online Journal https://www.toutfait.com/issues/issue_2/Notes/pop_2.html

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #2035
 Title or Description
 I Love You B
 Ay-O (b. 1931)
Ay-O and '75  (pencil lower right)
 Publication Date  1975
 Edition  83/90
 Publisher  likely self-published
 Printer  搨師  助田憲亮 master printer Sukeda Kenryō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - work is framed and not examined out of frame
 Miscellaneous  Provenance: the collection of the Art Academy of Cincinnati
 Genre  modern print - silkscreen
 H x W Paper  not measured out of frame
 H x W Image  25 7/8 x 17 7/8 in. (65.7 x 45.4 cm)
 Collections This Print  The British Museum 1986,0321,0.71
 Reference Literature  AY-O’s Rainbow Prints Catalogue Raisonne 1954-1979, Sadajirō Kubo, Sohbun-sha, p. 160-161, cat. no. 278.
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