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United States of America 1928 – 2011

This is not a book 1997 Description: Acknowledgement notes

Collection Title: a set of 'This is not a book' framed pages
Page: page 27
Materials & Technique: prints, portfolios, planographic colour lithograph in black and red text 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: One of 18 unbound unsigned framed pages from 'This is not a book'. 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. In its complete editioned form, 'This is not a book' is an original 36 page book made from 9 folded pages. The book consists of 9 colour intaglios, 2 colour lithographs with lettering and half title and full title pages, plus colophon, copyright page, and five pages of text printed in lithography. The "Apologia" and "Notes" were written by the artist. The images were printed from 37 copper plates, 4 pochoir stencils and 16 aluminium lithography plates. The text is set in Adobe Caslon.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: red lettering upper left, "Notes" black lettering , upper left corner, "Work started on these plates at my 94th street studio in New York City, November 1995. My tools included: drypoint needles, scrapers, burnishers, eye droppers, basters, liquid thinners, stop-outs, tusches, brushes, sponghes, tissues and fingers; even a heartylung-full of my breath exhaled over a puddle of diluted ink. The process became a movable feast of copper plates from New York to my Stamford, Conneticut studio and eventually back tho Ken Tyler's workshop. After I worked on the plates, weeks later Ken presented me with positive and negative proofs both in black and sepia, and sheets of mylar. He had a logic to this choice in terms of what I might do with the proofs: in giving me both the black and sepia pulls, he naturally assumed I would use these proofs and mylar as references to make corrections to my etched plates. Instead, since they looked" verso: inscribed u.l.c., pencil "6" verso: TGL sticker centre, "Tyler Graphics / Artist: Helen Frankenthaler / Title: Acknowledgment Notes Page, Page 27, from / This is Not a Book / Medium: Lithograph / Dimensions: 10 1/8" x 24 ¾" / Edition Size: 50 / Impression No.: unsigned proof / Printed and published by TGL 1997 / © Helen Frankenthaler TGL "
Dimensions: comp 13.2 h x 46.0 w cm sheet 26.4 h x 62.6 w cm Frame 37.2 h x 74.6 w x 3.8 d cm
Cat Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1997
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1028.14
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd.