JOEL BECK (1944-1999).
"Smiling Face Emitting 'Joel.'"
or black crayon and pen and ink on construction paper. Dimensions:
8.5 x 12 inches. Not signed or dated, but believed, from
the style and the dates of other Joel Beck items in consignor's
collection to be drawn in the late 1960s. Though the face
is emitting (or biting) the word "Joel," we do not
believe this to be a self-portrait. See Beck's self-portrait
button for confirmation.
Probably unpublished. but tape residue and pin holes indicate
that it was on display, probably in the artist's studio.
As the scan indicates, there are edge tears, particularly on
the left side, and two creases in the lower left corner. There
are seven thumbtack holes at the top (in three clusters) and
one at the bottom. A piece of rolled-over masking tape remains
at the bottom reverse, suggesting that it was once thus mounted.
There is some light staining on the left margin and overall signs
of discoloration, probably from being exposed to the sun in the
garret of this often-starving pioneer underground cartoonist.
to befrom the collection of a childhood friend of