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United States of America 1928 – 2011

This is not a book 1997 Description: one folded sheet with Announcement

Collection Title: the portfolio 'This is not a book' 1997
Page: page 29 and page 31
Place made: Mount Kisco, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
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: Mount Kisco, New York.
Date Published: 1997

Edition Notes: From the 36 page book "This is not a book", consisting of 9 colour intaglios and 2 colour lithographs. 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. Image first page: [page 25 HF96-3231] - colours printed: purple, black, blue, red. Second page: colours printed: black and red
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: page 29 [first sheet] black lettering , u.c.l., "so inviting, I worked directly on the twenty-six proofs making each a unique work on paper. The common denominator on all twenty-six were my original plate marks. I did not "respect" or acknowledge any differences between the counterproofs and the negative proofs. All I cared about with each was to make a beautiful work, eventually a print. I had to do it my way and make it up as I went along. Working both on the studio walls and on huge table tops, I used pastels, crayons, inks and paints of all kinds. I poured, rubbed, smeared. Some of the results show no sign of the original copperetching - perhaps just a hint here or there of what lay underneath, while others reveal much more engraving. In July 1996, Ken collected all completed painted-on proofs from my Stamford studio and work began at Tyler Graphics. It was a somewhat overwhelming assortment and a big challenge. Given the number of plates, we had many options in terms of scale and layout for our volume-to-be. In January 1997, we finally selected nine of the twenty-six proofs from which to work towards the book." page 31 [second sheet] black lettering upper left corner, "Adding more plates, which were proofed and reworked many times, we finally created proofs that closely mirrored my hand-colored Work Proofs. Ken and etcher Anthony Kirk brought to bear their genius as artisans. The three of us worked together in a beautiful dialogue filled with feeling and invention. When I am working at Tyler's workshop, I usually ask for my original worked-on-proofs to be placed alongside the Trial Proofs that have been accomplished since my previous visit. All of them are tacked on the wall for judgement. I make corrections and compare the "aesthetic fidelity" of the new impressions to my original. To my amazement, there have been moments during this book project that I have had to stop and check which is the original: the recent proof I have been handed or the bonafide original! That is because both artisans, with such concentration and intuition, have captured the very essence of what my head, heart and wrist are about. Naturally, during our labored course, we've had to use myriad additional plates, color-mixings, deletions, and adjustments until the pages here before you could be bound./ - H.F."
Dimensions: plate 11.0 h x 45.6 w cm comp 11.0 h x 45.6 w cm sheet 26.0 h x 62.6 w cm sheet (2) plate 12.0 h x 45.5 w cm comp 12.0 h x 45.5 w cm sheet 26.0 h x 62.6 w cm total 26.0 h x 125.4 w cm
Cat Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1997
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.640.28
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd.