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Just a note to everyone who is collecting:

As I continue to interview players in the Patrick Nagel story, one aspect that has come to light should interest all you serious collectors.  There are several lifetime, signed serigraphs that were issued both with and without commercial deisgnations.  For example, "Mirage" was issued with the vertical spelling of Mirage along the right side of the image.  A very limited number of that issue were printed without the designation.  Those serigraphs printed without designations, I'm told, are considered more highly valuable than the printed variety.  They are often A/P and S/Ps.

 
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Feb 7 15 10:10 PM

FYI, the back of the Nagel book lists the Mirage special proof. Also, if you have access to the old 11th Street Gallery price lists (I believe some are posted in this forum), they also list the special proof. Personally, whether the piece had Mirage printed on it or not wouldn't make that much a difference to me.

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Feb 8 15 8:02 PM

the 1/250 Just Looking has type both cursave on the top, "Just Looking" and print on the bottom, "HOME FURNISHINGS ENCINITAS CALIFORNIA". i am inclined towards a Nagel's serigraph that is not a poster, no lettering. but as the poster has the more brilliant color than the at least state proof which has no lettering, i place more value on the poster, which i presume is the commercial production of this serigraph.

it is interesting that Patrick agreed to deepen the color on the production run of Just Looking, considering he wanted to minimize, "kept simplifying: get more across with fewer elements" (from the Nagel book). but it was his commercial lifetime productions which had more color, or should i say, color. that and his name as the artist would be more appealing to the market.

Rob, i am much looking forward to your biography on Patrick. i should like to have a signed and numbered copy, please. i imagine you will be including a certain selection of his paintings. The cover of Nagel The Art of Patrick Nagel can never be over done. it is his finest work to capture the mystery of a woman in the Nagel woman. and then there is Cleo. yah, but she's mine, all two of them. :)

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Feb 8 15 11:19 PM

The book is coming along nicely.  Well over 40 interviews, hundreds of hours of research and lots of pages written. Let me tell you in no uncertain terms:  If you think Nagel's work is fascinating, his life story and the characters in it are even moreso.  Friends, family and business associates -- at least the survivors -- are providing tiny little pieces of insight and stories that form a mosaic which will let us understand much more about Patrick Nagel and his work than any of us would have imagined.

I'd like to add that all interview subjects -- with one exception -- have been extemely positive and helpful.

I'll announce when the book comes out, although I don't expect that to happen until late this year, at the earliest.  Signed copies will be available, I assure you.

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Mar 12 17 7:44 PM

As others stated, this information was readily available in the book, The Art of Patrick Nagel, and was also listed on Mirage's price sheets, which most galleries selling Nagels back in the 1980s updated in the Mirage Editions three ring binder catalogs that I always saw when I visted the various galleries around town.

Those price sheets have been posted and cross-referencing them against the information in the book provices a pretty clear idea of the all the various proofs, doubles and so on. In 35 years of collecting, tracking auctions, and collborating with peers from the previousl forum, I have never seen an AP of a special proof. I have SPs of "Mirage" "Just Looking" and the "State 1" versions of "Papillon." It does not make sense that there would be an AP of an SP.
All the ones I have seen are marked SP or "State 1." I think it is best to keep identifying them as "special proofs," which is how Mirage identified them.

Do you have a copy of the book? I ask because I keep seeing comments that checking the book and verifying against the price sheets would answer, even with the book's errors and omissions regarding issues like the omission of "Shades" having a signed in screen state and some of the doubles, and some images mis-identified or flipped.

Here is part of Nagelite's post (which is a copy of my text) to this forum in April of 2009:
PRINT INFORMATION
TITLE: "Mirage"
PRINT TYPE: Serigraph (aka "Silk-Screened Print" on 100% archival grade rag.)
RELEASED BY: Mirage Editions, Inc.
PRINTED BY: Samper Silkscreen
RELEASE DATE: September 1981 
EDITION SIZE:
-HAND SIGNED AND NUMBERED: 250
-ARTIST'S PROOFS (SIGNED): 40
-SIGNED IN SCREEN (UNSIGNED): 1200
-SPECIAL PROOFS (SIGNED): 40
DIMENSIONS: 17" x 25 3/8"
OTHER VERSIONS RELEASED?: Yes, aside from the special proofs, which are hand signed by Pat and marked "S/P," this image, which was immensely popular was re-released as 24" x 36" unlimited edition lithograph poster in order to promote the soft cover release of The Art of Patrick Nagel.
The "Special Proof" version omitted the text "MIRAGE" running down the upper right hand corner of the print. 

robfrankel wrote:
Just a note to everyone who is collecting:

As I continue to interview players in the Patrick Nagel story, one aspect that has come to light should interest all you serious collectors.  There are several lifetime, signed serigraphs that were issued both with and without commercial deisgnations.  For example, "Mirage" was issued with the vertical spelling of Mirage along the right side of the image.  A very limited number of that issue were printed without the designation.  Those serigraphs printed without designations, I'm told, are considered more highly valuable than the printed variety.  They are often A/P and S/Ps.









 

 

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