Robert MOTHERWELL, Text page Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Text page 1981-83
Collection Title: an 'El Negro' portfolio 1983
Page: page 14
Place made: Bedford Village, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Creation Notes: Robert Motherwell began collaborating with Kenneth Tyler on 'El Negro' in 1981. The book was editioned in 1983.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithographic text printed from two aluminium plates Support: white, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: verso lower right corner, TGL [hexagon]
Impression: unsigned proof
Edition: not editioned
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1983

Edition Notes: Text printed in black and grey. Robert Motherwell prepared the nineteen 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.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: text lithographically printed lower left, black and grey "Negro negro elegia/ negro con sangre negro coagulado/ con la cal de los huesos recortando las formas/ Elegy black black/ Black with blood coagulated black/ with the white lime of bones outlining forms" verso: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "p.14"
Dimensions: sheet 38.2 h x 37.4 w cm
Cat Raisonné: See Terenzio (1991), 268-291; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 415-440.
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1400.5
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