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 29
Materials & Technique: prints, portfolios, planographic lithograph 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: black lettering centre., "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." verso: inscribed upper left corner, pencil "5" verso: TGL sticker centre, "Tyler Graphics / Artist: Helen Frankenthaler / Title: Acknowledgment Notes, Page 29, 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 11.0 h x 45.3 w cm sheet 25.8 h x 62.5 w cm Frame 37.2 h x 74.5 w x 3.8 d cm
Cat Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1997
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1028.15
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd.