Kenneth NOLAND

United States of America 1924 – 2010

Circle II, proof 3 1978 Description: from the 'Circles II' series 1978

Collection Title: the 'Handmade paper project' 1978
Title Notes: 003-001
Materials & Technique: prints, paperwork, coloured pressed paper pulp, monoprint Support: yellow, wove, handmade, hand dyed, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: lower right corner "[TGL hexagon]"
Impression: proof 3
Edition: unique
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1978

Edition Notes: The 'Handmade paper project' was the first papermaking collaboration to take place at the workshop in the paper mill Kenneth Tyler designed and completed in 1978. Kenneth Noland collaborated with Tyler and Lindsay Green for several months that year, creating nearly four hundred unique paperworks in five series: Circle I (110 works, Circle II (110 works), Horizontal Stripes (104 works), Diagonal Stripes (27 works) and Pairs (21 works). The three papermakers were assisted by Duane Mitch, Anthony D'Ancona, Rodney Konopaki and Susan Millar. Noland experimented with colours and textures, mixing pulp slurries with a variety of pigments and dyes. He often added bits of coloured paper, wool and silk thread to the pulp and placed bits of material on the couched and applied layers. This material was embedded in the pulp by direct application and pressing or by pressing and then couching layers of cotton gauze or coloured pulp on top of it, as in Circle I, Circle II and Horizontal Stripes. For Circle I, Circle II and Horizontal Stripes V and VII, Kim Halliday screenprinted or John Hutcheson lithographed monoprint layers of transparent inks on some of the papers after they had been pressed and dried. Papermaking by Kenneth Tyler and Lindsay Green, project assistance by Duane Mitch, Anthony D'Ancona, Rodney Konopaki and Susan Millar. Newly made light yellow pulp base sheet with circular light pink, blue and white pulp sheets couched on top. Bits of cut out rag, wool, thread and paper were applied. The paper was pressed and yellow and blue transparent inks were monoprinted.
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right, pencil "NOLAND 1978"
Dimensions: comp 37.4 h x 37.4 w cm sheet 80.5 h x 52.6 w cm Frame 96.4 h x 67.8 w x 4.4 d cm
Cat Raisonné: see Walker Art Centre (1987), 464-465; TGL print documentation, 1978.
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.911
Image rights: © Kenneth Noland/VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy