Bill Ritchie's art in California
last known to be in
Alfred Harrison Collection
Note: the actual print in the Alfred Harrison collection
is not available for photo at this time
Little Spaceship Crash
Provenance: 1977. Print. Intaglio, relief, stencil, litho. Colors uncertain at this writing but may have been ochre, red, blue, black, gray. Image 12 X 9 in on 15 X 11 3/4 in Van Gelder Zonen (natural, buff) paper. No. 2/35. Signed lower right.
About Alfred Harrison: According to our records, the print was purchased in Boston, possibly in the Boston Printmakers Exhibit, or the Impressions Gallery, also in Boston. Alfred P. Harrison, Jr. is the Director of the North Point Gallery in Berkeley. The website says, "After ten years as a private collector and researcher, Alfred Harrison assumed ownership of the gallery in 1985, moved it to San Francisco and then to Berkeley in 2015. He is an art collector, scholar, lecturer and author of many articles (view list of publications) on early California paintings as well as monographs." Whether it was this Alfred or an Alfred Senior who bought the print is unknown.
Artist's Comment: Spanning two years of development and about 75 impressions, Little Spaceship Crash was the seed for a larger work. These came out of the movie, Planet of the Apes. I like to tell the story about the path flown by the helicopter filming it, and then my entry into computers graphics and how I learned the X-Y-Z of IT. This print was test of methods I would need for a larger version, then the tests resulted in an edition that stood on its own.
Institutions and corporate collections: Art Planning Consultants, New York, NY; Baker University, Baldwin, KS; Landau/Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles CA; Oregon Arts Commission; Bill Mally Collection, University of Washington IMS, Seattle, WA; Norton Building, Seattle, WA; Teller Training Institute, Seattle, WA; United Pacific Reliance Corporation, CA; USIA Tokyo, Japan.
Exhibitions: Anne Hughes Gallery, Portland, OR; Davidson Galleries, Seattle (where it won an award), WA; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA; Kiku Gallery, Seattle, WA; Silvermine Guild of Arts, New Canaan, CT; US Information Agency, Tokyo Japan; Visual Arts Center, Anchorage, AK
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