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United States of America 1915 – 1991

El Negro 1983 Description: one of seventeen lithographs by Robert Motherwell illuminating the poem "El Negro Motherwell" by Rafael Alberti

Collection Title: an unbound 'El Negro' portfolio
Materials & Technique: prints, artist's books, planographic, text. colour lithographs printed from images drawn onto Mylar sheets with paintsticks, grease pencils and tusche then transferred to aluminium plates for printing. Letterpress text. Support: white, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Impression: trial proof 1/1
Edition: Edition 51
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1983

Edition Notes: The artist created his images on prepared mylar and acetate sheets using brushes and a bamboo pen. Lee Funderburg transferred these images onto aluminium plates and with Roger Campbell printed the lithographs on a flat bed off-set press. Papermaking by Steve Reeves and Tom Strianese. The text is offset printed, Spanish in black, English in grey. Sequence of prints in the book are as folows: front end leaf, title page, Negro, preface, Mourning, poem, Night arrived, Elegy black black, Black banners, Black of the echo, Eternal black, Black wall of Spain, Airless black, Black concentrated, Black in black, Forever black, Invisible stab, Black lament, Black with no way out, Gypsy curse, Black undone by tears, Through black emerge purified, Poor Spain, colophon page, and back end leaf.
Dimensions: (sheet) 39.2 h x 38.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio (1991), 268-291; Walker Art Centre (1987), 415-440; Tyler Graphics Documentation (1983)
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.62