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Ann Chernow, N.A. Born 1936.

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Noir: Fifteen Lithographs by Ann Chernow

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Artist's statement: My inspiration for these images is the FILM NOIR (literally, "black film") movies of the l940s - crime dramas and psychological thrillers exposing the dark side of human nature and randomness of Fate. Filmed in a stark visual style using only black and white film, these noir movies feature long-suffering "good girls" who find themselves victims of unsolicited, often dangerous circumstances beyond their control, and femme fatales, seductive "bad girls"willing to go to almost any length to get what they want.

Printed by James Reed at Milestone Graphics 2010-2011

Printed from stone on Canson Edition Bright White paper in an edition of 20, #4. $4,000 the set of 15.

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DETOUR
”Why are we going this way?”
”Better scenery.”

1. DETOUR 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 7 7/8 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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FOLLOW ME
”How did you get past the 'no visitors' sign?”
”I never noticed it.”

2. FOLLOW ME. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 x 9 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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TROUBLE

”If you want fresh air, don’t look for it in this town.”

3. TROUBLE. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 7 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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SEE NO EVIL
”I was born when you kissed me.”
”I died when you left me.”
”I lived a few weeks while you loved me.”

4. SEE NO EVIL. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 x 10 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15. ”I lived a few weeks while you loved me.”

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CLEAN BEDS
”You call this dump a hotel?”
”That’s what the sign says, fresh sheets every day.”
””How often do they change the fleas?.”

5. CLEAN BEDS. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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MOONLIGHT
"I can be framed easier than Whistler's mother ."

6. MOONLIGHT. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 x 9 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $350.

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LAURA WALKING
”It's lavish, but I call it home.”

7. LAURA WALKING. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 1/2 X 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $$4,000 the set of 15.

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IDA, SWEET AS APPLE CIDER
”Men like to see women cry.”
”It makes them feel superior.”

8. IDA, SWEET AS APPLE CIDER. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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A FOGGY DAY
”Sure I 'm meeting somebody, just anybody handy as long as he’s a man.”

9. A FOGGY DAY. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 3/4 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $350. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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ALL CHOKED UP.
”I DID SOMETHING WRONG, ONCE.”

10. ALL CHOKED UP. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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THE SHADOW

”Doesn't it ever enter a man's head that a woman can do without him?”

11. THE SHADOW. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 x 9 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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FALLEN ANGELS
”You don’t seem very sorry.”
”I am sorry. Sorry that I was caught.”

12. FALLEN ANGELS. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 3/4 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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A BIRD IN THE BUSH.
”I go where I want to, with anybody I want. I”m that kind of girl .”

13. A BIRD IN THE BUSH. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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MONA LISA
"I wouldn't give ya the skin off a grape".

14. MONA LISA. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 x 10 7/16 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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RENDEZVOUS In BLACK
”From the moment they met it was murder !”

15. RENDEZVOUS In BLACK. 2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 7 3/4 x 10 7/16 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 20, #4. Noir series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $4,000 the set of 15.

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Fine Prints: Noir 2. series.

N O I R 2
Ten etchings by Ann Chernow
Printed at Milestone Graphics by James Reed and Andrew Murdoch
on Canson Edition Antique White paper
in an edition of ten with five artist proofs

with thanks to Elizabeth Tierney and Melissa Chenok
2012-2014
Introduction by Susan Granger
Captions by Ann Chernow

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OPEN, SESAME!
"Not a shadow of a doubt..."

1. Open Sesame. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 8 x 10 1/4 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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VODKA
"The problem with the world is that everyone is three drinks behind..."

2. Vodka. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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FATE
"Shut up and deal..."

3. Fate. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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FIRST LOVE
"The postman always rings twice..."

4. FIRST LOVE. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 5. A KISS IN THE DARK. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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A KISS IN THE DARK
"A kiss is only a means to the end..."

5. A KISS IN THE DARK. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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THE AFFAIR

"I love trouble..."

6. THE AFFAIR. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, annotated and titled in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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LAURA
"Home, sweet home..."

7. LAURA. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, annotated and titled in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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MEMORIES
"Everything seemed so important then...."

8. MEMORIES. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, annotated and titled in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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MIDNIGHT
"EThe night is Young..."

9. MIDNIGHT. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, annotated and titled in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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GOODBYE

"Farewell my lady love..."

10. GOODBYE. 2014. Aquatint printed on Canson Edition Antique White paper. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 (sheet 11 1/4 x 14). Edition 10 #2. Noir 2 series. Signed, annotated and titled in pencil. $3,500 the set of ten.

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Fine Prints: Bad Girls series.

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Easy to Pick Up. 2009. Etching and aquatint. 14 7/8" x 11 7/8. Edition plus 5 artist's proofs. Series: Bad Girls. A pristine impression printed on copperplate paper with full margins. Signed in pencil. $750.

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She Had No Bed of Her Own. 2009. Etching and aquatint. 19 3/4 x 15 3/4.Edition plus 5 artist's proofs. Series: Bad Girls. A pristine impression printed on copperplate paper with full margins. Signed in pencil. $750.

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Fine Prints:Broadway Babes series.

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Fifth Avenue. 2011. Lithograph. 8 3/8 x 5 1/4 (sheet 13 1/4 x 9 3/8). Series: Broadway Babes. A pristine impression printed on Canson Edition paper. Printed by James Reed, Milestone, Graphics. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $400.

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Fine Prints: Individual Images

Fine Prints: Noir series

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DARK PALMS:
"If I was a ranch they'd call me the 'Bar None'!"

2012. Lithograph printed on Canson paper. 8 1/8 x 10 1/2 (sheet 11 x 13 7/8). Edition 18, #1. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. $350.

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A Day in the Country. 1996. Intaglio. Amity 150. 15 7/8 x 20 5/8. Edition 50 with 5 artist's proofs. Printed on Velouwe. Signed in pencil. $300.

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Beauty Queens. 2009. Lithograph from one stone. 18 1/2 x 14. Edition 12. Printed on Rives paper. Signed in pencil. $750.

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Cygnus. 1977. Silkscreen and collage. 30 x 20. Star series. Edition 50. Printed on coated paper. Signed in pencil. $850.

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Dreams. 2000. Etching and aquatint. Chernow 175. 10 3/4 x 13 1/4. Edition 15 with three artist's proofs. Edition 15 in siena ink on Copperplate Deluxe paper, on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $600.

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Lady Love. 2009. Lithograph from one stone. 7 x 6 1/2. Edition 15. A fine impression printed on Somerset paper. Signed in pencil. $500.

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Lollipop Lane. 2005. Etching. Chernow 157. 1 7/8 x 2 7/8. Edition 5, #1. A fine impression printed in black/brown ink on white wove paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $300.

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Small Town Girl. 2002. Etching and aquatint. (sheet 18 1/4 x 14 3/4). Edition 20, #8. A rich, tonal impression printed by James Reed, Milestone, Graphics, on the full sheet of Canson Edition white wove paper with deckle edges. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $600.

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Spring. 2002. Etching and aquatint. 6 7/8 x 9 3/4. Edition 12. A pristine impression on the full sheet. Signed in pencil. $600.

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Summer. 2010. Lithograph from one stone, printed on Arches paper. 8 3/4 x 7 1/2. Edition 7. Signed in pencil. $500.

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Swingtime. 2009. Etching and aquatint printed on Arches paper. 10 x 8. Edition 12. Signed in pencil. $500.

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Two for the Show. 2008. Lithograph printed on Rives paper. 10 1/2 x 15 1/2. Edition 6. Signed in pencil. $750.

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Watercolor.

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Whispering. 2012. Watercolor on rag paper. 22 x 30. Signed, lower right. $1,500.

The image shows the early independence of women depicted in film. Bette Davis was the catalyst for the woman at the left.

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Ann writes:

"My work is based on specific scenes and impressions related to movies from the 1930s and 1940s. I use film characters and period settings as a point of departure and then reinterpret. Contemporary faces are added but without altering the spirit of a cinematic moment. In blending past and present images I try to create a sense of dejà vu or nostalgia without the sentimentality often associated with specific film stars. I am interested in individual personalities and in using crowded scenes of choreographed women."

Images as social icons and attention to individual incident interest me. Depicting physical clumsiness alters the perception of each performer's physiognomy and brings it more to the 'real'. Gender is important, yet gesture and establishing a dramatic moment are paramount. A movie is never totally forgotten. Memories from films can be channels, metaphor and private reverie through which an artist can address the human condition. "

" My story with Isabel Bishop is that we became friendly after she visited my show at the Alex Rosenberg gallery in l982, she invited me up to her studio. She liked me very much personally and I became a kind of confidant to her until she became very sick, and spent most of her time in Riverdale. I admired her dedication and perseverance. In spite of family problems and ill health she worked as much as possible. (My hero is Giacometti whose life was work.)"

Ann's work is in the permanent collections of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Art in Embassies Collection of the U.S.A., Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University, Elvehjem Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The New York Public Library Print Collection, Syracuse University Art Collection, Housatonic Museum of Art in Connecticut, U.S.O. of Greater Metropolitan New York, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University, Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania, Portland Museum of Art in Oregon, Arkansas State University, Duxbury Museum in Massachussetts, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut, Museum of the City of New York, the Art Collection of the United Nations, and The Brooklyn Museum.

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