York Avenue Tenements – A Printer’s Proof Impression

Armin Landeck (1905-1984), York Avenue Tenements, drypoint, 1938, signed and dated in pencil lower right,  inscribed “Printer’s Proof” lower left margin, and “For Mohammad” lower middle margin. Reference: Kraeft 74, only state, apart from the edition of 100. In pristine condition. The full sheet with full margins, printed on a heavy cream wove paper, 10 3/8 x 9, the sheet 14 1/4 x 13 1/4  inches.

A superb impression, richly printed, and with a light veil of plate tone.

Landeck printed his proofs personally, supplying his dealers with proofs as they had need for replacements. But since Landeck insisted that his prints be affordable – he put a cap of $100 on prints sold by Associated American Artists in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s, for example – the demand increased substantially in his later years.  At that point he enlisted the printing help of two artists: Anthony Kirk and Mohammad Omer Khalil; this impression may have been given to Khalil.

Landeck said of this print: “…something of the character and mood of that part of New York City. I had a job near there and spent time wandering around the area. This street marks the boundary of the city. Tenements came up to the park – and stopped. Moral: Build more parks!”