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Not Vital (Swiss, b.1948)
Portfolio of six lithographs
Edition of 33
Each signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil
32 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches (81.9 x 120.0 cm)

Executed in Copenhagen from from 09 - 11 October 2004, the title of this portfolio, dirigerer, means"conducted" in Danish. 

Portfolio of six lithographs, 2004, five of the six lithographs have been drawn by hand of the artist and printed from stone, the sixth lithograph has been executed by a photo-transfer process from two metal plates adhered to the lithograph stone, all fine, fresh impressions of the only known states, the full sheets, printed on 300gsm cream white wove Arches d'Velin paper, to the edges, five of the six prints are signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil by the artist, the sixth print is signed and inscribed "TAK" in pencil by the artist, executed in an edition of 33 examples (there are also five artist proofs numbered AP 1/5 - AP 5/5, one BAT proof and one Archive proof which is reserved for the collaborators and is not for sale,) printed by the artist with the assistance of Rasmus Urwald, published by World House Editions, South Orange, New Jersey (now Middlebury, Connecticut) and Edition Copenhagen, Copenhagnen, in fine condition, unframed and containted in a hand-made white linen-covered portfolio case.


Des Moines, Iowa, Steven Vail Fine Arts|Project Room, Not Vital: Dirigerer, 29 July - 21 September 2010 (another example exhibited)


Morain, Michael. "Merging Music, Prints," article in Des Moines Register, 25 July 2010, Arts & Culture section, p.8E 

Duncan, Jim. "Art Pimp - Des Moines metamorphoses," article in Cityview Newspaper, 15-21 July 2010, p.53 

Rexer, Lyle. "Romancing the Stone," article in Art On Paper, September/October 2005, p.39.


Not Vital executed these works using real symphony conductor batons. With the sounds of the chosen symphony blaring throughout the workshop, the artist dipped the tips of the conductor batons into the ink and actually conducted the symphony himself by drawing on the lithograph stone. 

Five of the six lithographs have been executed to the music of three Scandinavian composers: 

Sibelius, Finlandia, Opus 26 

Sibelius, Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Opus 82, Tempo molto moderato 

Grieg, Peer Gynt, Opus 23, In the Wedding Garden 

Grieg, Peer Gynt, Opus 23, Arabian Dance 

Carl Nielsen, Maskarade, Overture 

Five of the six lithographs have been printed in silver using four passes of the stone press. The sixth lithograph has been executed in silver and yellow using two passes of the stone press for each colour.