2021 First-Class Forever Stamp,Emilio Sanchez: Ventanita Entreabierta

# 5597 - 2021 First-Class Forever Stamp - Emilio Sanchez: Ventanita Entreabierta

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US #5597
2021 Untitled (Ventanita Entreabierta) – Emilio Sanchez

  • One of four stamps honoring Emilio Sanchez, the first Cuban American artist to have his work pictured on US postage stamps
  • Issued on Sanchez’s 100th birth anniversary


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Emilio Sanchez
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  June 10, 2021
First Day City:  Miami, Florida
Quantity Issued:  18,000,000
Printed by:  Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To celebrate the many works of Cuban-American abstract artist Emilio Sanchez.

About the stamp design:  Pictures Emilio Sanchez’s Untitled (Ventanita Entreabierta) piece.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue was held at the LnS Gallery in Miami, Florida, a city famous for its high population of Cuban Americans.

About the Emilio Sanchez set:  Includes four stamps, each picturing a different piece of art by Emilio Sanchez:  “Los Toldos” (1973), “Ty’s Place” (1976), “En el Souk” (1972), and Untitled (Ventanita entreabierta) (1981).  The stamps marked the first time a Cuban-American artist had his art pictured on a US postage stamp.  They were issued to coincide with the artist’s 100th birth anniversary.  The selvage of the sheet includes a photograph of Emilio Sanchez taken by Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in June 1993.

History the stamp represents:  born in Cuba, Emilio Sanchez first went to New York City in 1944 to study at the Art Students League.  Inspired by the city’s variety of buildings, he settled there in 1952, making it his home for the rest of his life.

Sanchez established himself as a successful artist early in his time in New York.  He displayed his prints and paintings at exhibitions, earning him wide critical and public praise.  Early on, his paintings focused on Cuban, Caribbean, and South American architecture.  But over time, he couldn’t help but paint New York.  Urban scenes, storefronts, garages, and skyscrapers filled his canvases.  His crisp lines evoked the city’s complex geometry and were a break from the abstract styles many other artists adopted at the time.  His was its own form of abstraction – the buildings were still recognizable as buildings (or parts of buildings) but they were simplified and exaggerated, bringing new life to old forms.

Sanchez also painted the sun rising over the East River and setting over the Hudson.  And he painted harlequins, cabarets, and high-society women.  These paintings were looser and more organic than his geometric architectural paintings.  But they still had a dream-like quality that made them unmistakable Sanchez works.

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US #5597
2021 Untitled (Ventanita Entreabierta) – Emilio Sanchez

  • One of four stamps honoring Emilio Sanchez, the first Cuban American artist to have his work pictured on US postage stamps
  • Issued on Sanchez’s 100th birth anniversary


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Emilio Sanchez
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  June 10, 2021
First Day City:  Miami, Florida
Quantity Issued:  18,000,000
Printed by:  Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To celebrate the many works of Cuban-American abstract artist Emilio Sanchez.

About the stamp design:  Pictures Emilio Sanchez’s Untitled (Ventanita Entreabierta) piece.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue was held at the LnS Gallery in Miami, Florida, a city famous for its high population of Cuban Americans.

About the Emilio Sanchez set:  Includes four stamps, each picturing a different piece of art by Emilio Sanchez:  “Los Toldos” (1973), “Ty’s Place” (1976), “En el Souk” (1972), and Untitled (Ventanita entreabierta) (1981).  The stamps marked the first time a Cuban-American artist had his art pictured on a US postage stamp.  They were issued to coincide with the artist’s 100th birth anniversary.  The selvage of the sheet includes a photograph of Emilio Sanchez taken by Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in June 1993.

History the stamp represents:  born in Cuba, Emilio Sanchez first went to New York City in 1944 to study at the Art Students League.  Inspired by the city’s variety of buildings, he settled there in 1952, making it his home for the rest of his life.

Sanchez established himself as a successful artist early in his time in New York.  He displayed his prints and paintings at exhibitions, earning him wide critical and public praise.  Early on, his paintings focused on Cuban, Caribbean, and South American architecture.  But over time, he couldn’t help but paint New York.  Urban scenes, storefronts, garages, and skyscrapers filled his canvases.  His crisp lines evoked the city’s complex geometry and were a break from the abstract styles many other artists adopted at the time.  His was its own form of abstraction – the buildings were still recognizable as buildings (or parts of buildings) but they were simplified and exaggerated, bringing new life to old forms.

Sanchez also painted the sun rising over the East River and setting over the Hudson.  And he painted harlequins, cabarets, and high-society women.  These paintings were looser and more organic than his geometric architectural paintings.  But they still had a dream-like quality that made them unmistakable Sanchez works.