United States of America 1915 – 1991


Spain 1902 – 1999


  • Argentina

Negro 1983
Collection Title: 'El Negro', 1983
Materials & Technique: prints, artist's books, planographic lithograph printed in three colours from three aluminium plates Support: white, handmade, TGL paper
Impression: right to print
Edition: edition: 51 plus 10AP; TP; PPI; PPII; RTP; A; C; 3HC
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1983

Edition Notes: Robert Motherwell prepared the seventeen lithographic images in 'El Negro' on Mylar and acetate sheets using Paintstiks, grease pencils and alcohol tusche which he applied with brushes and a bamboo pen. The images were transferred to aluminium plates by Lee Funderburg. The plates were printed by Funderburg and Roger Campbell on a flat bed offset press. Papermaking by Steve Reeves and Tom Strianese. The 'El Negro' poem was written by Rafeal Alberti (with translation by Vincente Lleo Canal) and offset printed, Spanish in black and English in grey. The introductory preface was written by Jack Flam. Sequence of prints: 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. Seven lithographs from 'El Negro' were published in seperate editions. Robert Motherwell and Kenneth Tyler collaborated on 'El Negro' from 1981 to 1983.
Dimensions: sheet 38.1 h x 38.1 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1980), 268-291; TGL print documentation, 1983.
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.2921.3
Image rights: © Dedalus Foundation, Inc./VAGA. Licensed by Viscopy