6 original silkscreens, 30 11/16 x 40 3/16 in., by the German printmaker and graphic designer Gerd Winner, depicting the polarized urban landscape of West Berlin in 1970 through architectural and monumental icons of West German industrial wealth and political ambitions (the Victory column; Hotel Metro, modeled on the famous Berliner Dom; and the façade of a metal foundry) and the working-class, proletariat "monuments" of a Kreuzberg backyard, a public urinal, and the Hallesches Tor subway station, each rendered with the photo-based, color-block graphic treatment characteristic of German Pop Art. Prints loose as issued, a few with pinholes at corners, otherwise fine condition. London (Kelpra) 1970. Limited to an edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. The sizable prints offer stylized and affective testimony to the social and cultural conflicts that emerged in West Berlin during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Winner's achievements in the graphic arts are well-known, particularly through his persistent engagement with urbanism in extensive print cycles documenting Berlin, London, and New York. In July 2014 OCLC is unable to locate a North American institutional holding, though the suite appears in the collection of Tate Modern, London. (Inventory #: 47948)
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