Johnson vs Cravan
Vintage Advertisement Litho’s
Size: 19 x 45
Fine art lithograph, hand-pulled on an antique press.
Sale Price: $149.00
Gallery Retail: $425.00
“Comes with original publishers certificate of authenticity”
On April 23, 1916, Jack Johnson, the former Heavyweight boxing champion of the world in exile in Europe after fleeing conviction for violating the White-Slave Traffic Act, went mano a mano with modern art. His nominal opponent was Arthur Cravan née Fabian Lloyd, an Englishman born and educated in Switzerland, who claimed to be the nephew of Oscar Wilde, a professional boxer, singer, art critic, poet – you name it. Living in Paris, he was a performance artist before the genre existed, the subject and theme of his art being himself. Creating a public spectacle was the reason he got out of bed each morning, and once on his feet was a walking happening.
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