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Helen FRANKENTHALER

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 31
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 upper left corner, "Adding more plates, which were proofed and reworked many times, we finally created proofs that closely mirrored my hand-colored Work Proofs. Ken and etcher Anthony Kirk brought to bear their genius as artisans. The three of us worked together in a beautiful dialogue filled with feeling and invention. When I am working at Tyler's workshop, I usually ask for my original worked-on-proofs to be placed alongside the Trial Proofs that have been accomplished since my previous visit. All of them are tacked on the wall for judgement. I make corrections and compare the "aesthetic fidelity" of the new impressions to my original. To my amazement, there have been moments during this book project that I have had to stop and check which is the original: the recent proof I have been handed or the bonafide original! That is because both artisans, with such concentration and intuition, have captured the very essence of what my head, heart and wrist are about. Naturally, during our labored course, we've had to use myriad additional plates, color-mixings, deletions, and adjustments until the pages here before you could be bound. - H.F." verso: inscribed upper left corner, pencil "4" verso: TGL sticker centre, "Tyler Graphics / Artist: Helen Frankenthaler / Title: Acknowledgment Notes, Page 31, 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 12.0 h x 46.0 w cm sheet 26.2 h x 63.0 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 2002.1.1028.16
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd.