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United States of America 1928 – 2011

This is not a book 1997 Description: folded sheet with 'Apologia' page and 'Quotation' page

Collection Title: the portfolio 'This is not a book' 1997
Page: page 5 and page 7
Materials & Technique: prints, portfolios, planographic offset lithography Support: white, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: unsigned proof
Edition: edition of 50, plus 14 AP, 2 TP, 2 CTP, 17 WP, 2 SP, RTP, PPI, PPII, TGLimp., A, C
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1997

Edition Notes: Page 5 also has red ink printed for the letter "O" in "Over several....". Papermaking by Tom Strianese and John Hutcheson. Proofing and edition printing of copper plates by Anthony Kirk, Brian Maxwell, Christopher Creyts, Kimberly Bursic and Todd Elkin assisted by Nancy Bressler. Pochoir stencil making and stenciling by Tyler. Proofing and edition printing of aluminium plates by Lee Funderburg, Hutcheson, and Tyler. From the 36 page book "This is not a book", consisting of 9 colour intaglios and 2 colour lithographs.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: black lettering centre, "APOLOGIA / Over several decades encouraged by many to "make a book" (and wanting to), what thwarted each project was finding a text. One is "supposed" to have a text; but I have never wanted to illustrate or "explain" the contents of my work in a word-and-picture format. For years I both read and asked others to assist in a search for the right words to accompany my images - but to no avail. So, this book that is not a book" (page 5) black lettering centre, "For most of us, most of the time, horizontal usually implies landscape, vertical implies personage./ There are no rules. Does my "reader" see nightscapes, climates and environments, interiors, moods of joy, spirits, love, passion, expressions/ of rage or playfullness, planets, prone or upright figures, whimsical gardens, storms, mythical gods, geographical or atmospheric scenery? Perhaps. Hopefully, these pages provide a growing and truthgiving order, pleasure, a fresh light and a kind of recognition - Helen Frankenthaler" (page 7)
Dimensions: page (each) 26.0 h x 62.7 w cm sheet 26.0 h x 125.4 w cm
Cat Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1997
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.640.9
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd.