P07759 Take it from the Top 1982
Lithograph 28 5/8 × 37 (727 × 940) on Velin Arches, printed at Solo Press, New York and published by Waddington Graphics
Inscribed ‘Allen Jones 82’ b.r. and ‘25/50’; impressed with the printer's and publisher's stamps
Purchased from Waddington Graphics (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
The following entry is based upon written answers by the artist to questions posed by the compiler in a letter of 18 April 1986 and has been approved by the artist.
P07759 is printed in black and depicts a conductor conducting in an orchestra pit who is observed by a female spectator seated in the front row of the stalls.
The conductor is a personification of ‘the artist’ or ‘the creator’. He is concentrating on the performance or the art and is interposed between the spectator and the work itself. According to Jones in p 07759 ‘the theatre is an analogy for the acts of painting’ in that the artist is a mediator whose presence is ‘felt rather than seen’…