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Helen FRANKENTHALER

United States of America 1928 – 2011

Gateway 1988 Description: triptych
Creation Notes: Frankenthaler began 'Gateway' in 1982. The print was published in 1988. Frankenthaler has also created associated 'Gateway' bronze screens.
Materials & Technique: prints, intaglio, relief, stencil colour etching, relief, aquatint, stencil printed from eight plates (three magnesium, one assembled magnesium, four copper) Support: three sheets of white, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: ok to print
Edition: edition of 30, plus 10 AP, 2 TP, WP, RTP, PPI, PPII, A
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1988

Edition Notes: 28 colours printed from three magnesium plates, one assembled magnesium plate and four copper plates. Left panel: orange, orange-red, pink-violet, brown (etching magnesium plate); white-orange, tan (stencil); transparent pink (aquatint, copper plate); green (etching, magnesium plate); transparent orange, transparent red (spitbite aquatint, copper plate). Centre panel: orange, orange-red, violet (etching/relief, assembled plate); white-orange, light yellow-orange (stencil); orange, violet, transparent green (etching, magnesium plate); red (spitbite aquatint, copper plate). Right panel: orange, yellow-ocher, blue-green, green (relief, magnesium plate); light yellow-orange, white-orange, orange, tan (stencil); red (spitbite aquatint, copper plate).
Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right corner, pencil "HF / 9 June '87" [left panel] signed and dated lower right corner, pencil "HF/ I/ 9 June '87" [centre panel] signed and dated lower right corner, pencil "HF/ 9 June" [right panel]
Secondary Insc: inscribed lower right, pencil "OK to print II" [left panel] inscribed lower right corner, pencil "OK to print" [centre panel] inscribed lower right, pencil "OK to print" and "III" [right panel]
Tertiary Insc: embossed lower right corner, TGL chop [hexagon] [ all panels] inscribed lower left, pencil " margin to / be improved to this darker / shade --->" [left panel] inscribed upper right, pencil "Keep spit bite / lighter" [left panel] inscribed centre left, pencil "Ron/ Keep spit bite/ KET" [left panel] verso: inscribed lower left corner, pencil "6.9.87 [upside down] / HF82-645 / 3" [left panel] verso: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "X BORDER" [left panel] inscribed lower right corner, pencil "with correction: color of margin / to look like this" [centre panel] inscribed upper right, pencil "Keep white edge - take away red line" [vertical] [centre panel] inscribed upper left, pencil "Bob / lighter red spit bite/ Ken" [vertical] [centre panel] verso: inscribed lower left corner, pencil "HF82-645" [centre panel] verso: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "6.9.87" [centre panel]
Dimensions: panel a 169.4 h x 73.4 w cm panel b 170.7 h x 72.9 w cm panel c 169.0 h x 73.2 w cm overall 170.7 h x 219.5 w cm
Cat Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1988; P., Harrison (1996), 154.
Acknowledgement: Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.657.A-C
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd.