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Francis Picabia

291, 1915

Letterpress and offset lithography on ivory wove paper

<p>In 1915, Marius de Zayas (1880-1961), a Mexican artist, theorist, and gallery owner, planned a new publication called 291 after Alfred Stieglitz's influential gallery of the same name. The magazine was inspired by de Zayas' s discoveries in France during 1914 of Italian Futurist and French concrete poetry and typography. The focus of 291 was modem art, satire, and critism. Francis Picabia, who helped create 291, guest-edited the July-August 1915 issue exhibited here. This issue contains reproductions of five drawings by Picabia based on this theme of symbolizing individuals as machines. This print is a portrait of Alfred Stieglitz.</p>