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American Dream

Luis Jimenez

About The American Dream

American Dream is the first print made by Jimenez.  It was printed by Landfall Press in Chicago.  It is based on his first fiberglass sculpture titled The American Dream, now housed in the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, depicting a sexual coupling between a woman and a Volkswagen Beetle.

This print was sold out many, many years ago.  Due to the rarity and desirability of this print, impressions when they become available, sell for more than the artist's subsequent prints.

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American Dream is the first print made by Jimenez.  It was printed by Landfall Press in Chicago.  It is based on his first fiberglass sculpture titled The American Dream, now housed in the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, depicting a sexual coupling between a woman and a Volkswagen Beetle.

This print was sold out many, many years ago.  Due to the rarity and desirability of this print, impressions when they become available, sell for more than the artist's subsequent prints.

About the Artist Luis Jimenez was born in El Paso, Texas in 1940. The son of an illegal Mexican immigrant, he created his art with the working class Chicano community in mind, a population he felt was his primary audience. Growing up, he worked in his father's neon sign shop among friends who customized low-rider cars in their spare time. 

When he became an art student at the University of Texas, Austin in the early 1960's, the material he gravitated toward was fiberglass. The choice, he says, was "unavoidable," though the material was used only in commercial applications at the time. He learned techniques previously used to make airplane fuselages, racecar bodies, and carnival figurines. By the late 1960's, he was making large-scale figurative pieces, which, since the 1970's, have focused increasingly on culturally relevant, politicized themes of the Southwestern, Mexican-American working class. As a result, his work has often created contentious public debate. 

He completed over 20 public commissions, participated in more than 75 solo exhibitions, and has pieces in the collections of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, as well as in the National Gallery in Washington.
Medium Color lithograph
Edition 115/ 150
Paper size 24 1/2" height X 34 1/4" width
Signed "Luis Jimenez" at viewer's lower right corner in graphite
Date of creation 1972
Condition Excellent to good, diagonal 3/4" crease at lower left corner.
Provenance AS Hu
Atelier Landfall Press in Chicago