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United States of America 1915 – 1991

Poem 1983
Collection Title: an 'El Negro' portfolio 1983
Page: page 9 and 10
Creation Notes: Robert Motherwell began collaborating with Kenneth Tyler on 'El Negro' in 1981. The book was editioned in 1983.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, collage lithographic text printed from two aluminium plates, collage Support: white, wove, handmade TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Impression: unsigned proof
Edition: not editioned
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1983

Edition Notes: Two colours printed: black and grey. The poem written by Rafael Alberti is printed in two colours: black for the Spanish text and grey for the English text. The text is printed on a double folded page. Please see attachment in 'Multimedia' tab for full text. 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: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "in grey on both in smaller type" inscribed lower right corner, black pen "Black" [underlined and above Rafael Alberti text] verso: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "1384/14/5" verso: hand drawn black pen, upper left, "EL NEGRO MOTHERWELL" [on collaged piece of paper] verso: lower right, grey and black text [collaged piece of paper]
Dimensions: sheet 39.2 h x 65.2 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1980), 272; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 421
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1400.24
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