Helen FRANKENTHALER, Blue current Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1928 – 2011


Blue current 1987 Title Notes: 000-040
Place made: Mount Kisco, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Materials & Technique: prints, intaglio, planographic colour aquatint, spit bite aquatint, soft ground etching, lithograph and engraving, printed from three copper plates and five aluminium plates Support: white, mould made, Arches BFK Rives paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Impression: trial proof II
Edition: edition of 52, plus 14 AP, 3 TP, WP, RTP, PPI, PPII, A
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1987

Edition Notes: Printed by Roger Campbell, Bob Cross, Lee Funderburg, Rodney Konopaki and Ken Tyler. Proof before final corrections of runs 1, 2 and 3 (still not fully conceived) runs 4, 5, 6 and 7 (second version) and run 8 in edition colour on edition paper. The red plate has the line added in the upper left but the stroke in the lower right is still not deleted. There is also an extra dot printed in turquoise blue that will be removed for edition printing. (Harrison, P., (1996), 134)
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right corner, pencil, "Frankenthaler '87"
Secondary Insc: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "Trial proof II"
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower right corner, Tyler Graphics chop verso: inscribed lower left corner, pencil "HF85-882" verso: inscribed lower left corner, pencil "BOTH LINES - VICTORY BLUE SD/ FIRE RED SPOTS/ ROUND SHAPE - 50/50 MONASTRAL, PEACOCK/ 714 PURPLE DD/ SN BLACK/ BLEND - 1PT WHITE 3 PTS T.B/ AZURE MIX" verso: inscribed lower left corner, pencil "NEW" [with tick]
Dimensions: comp and sheet 77.7 h x 95.4 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Harrison, P., (1996), 134
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.167.1
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd. 1987