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Helen FRANKENTHALER

United States of America 1928 – 2011

This is not a book 1997 Description: Colophon page

Collection Title: a set of 'This is not a book' framed pages
Page: page 33
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, "COLOPHON / THIS IS NOT A BOOK is an original 36 page book by Helen Frankenthaler, hand printed at TGL. The book consists of nine color intaglios, two color lithographs with lettering as half title and full title pages, plus colophon, copyright page, and four pages of text printed in lithograph. The APOLOGIA and NOTES were written by the artist. The first seven copper plates for this book were drawn in November 1995 at the artists' studio, followed by another five copper plates in January 1996. Collaboration between the artist and KET in the design and creation of this work began in July 1996 at TGL. Thirty additional copperplates (23 photo etching and 7 aquatint and mezzotint), plus four pochoir stencils, were made and proofed at the workshop from July 1996 to January 1997. 37 of the 42 plates made were used for the prints in this book. Preparation and processing of intaglio plates by Anthony Kirk. Proofing and edition printing of copper plates by Kirk, Brian, Maxwell, Christopher Creyts, Kimberley Bursic, and Todd Elkin, assisted by Nancy Bressler. Pochoir stencil making and stenciling by Tyler. Lithography Plate making and proofing by Lee Funderburg, John Hutcheon, and Tyler. Edition printing of aluminium lithography plates on offset lithograohy press by Tyler and Hutcheon. The white printing papers were handmade at the workshop by Tom Strianese and Hutcheon./ The bound edition is fifty with fourteen artists' proofs, two Trial Proofs, one Right to Print Proof, two Printer's Proofs, one TGL Impression, one Archive, and two Presentation Proofs. The Color Trial Proofs, Work Proofs and Cancellation Proofs are not bound. In addition, three of the intaglios were published individually as seperate signed and numbered edition of sixty plus proofs. All books are signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon page. Typography design by Lorraine Ferguson. Text set in Adobe Caslan. Bookbinding executed by Judith Ivry in cloth and quarter leather with type stamped 24k gold. Book measures 10 7/8 x 26 x 1 inches (27.6 x 66.0 x 2.1 cm). Intaglios © HF and TGL 1997. Book design © TGL. Published November 1997 by TGL, Mount Kisco, NY. This book is number" verso: inscribed upper left corner, pencil "3" verso: TGL sticker centre, "Tyler Graphics / Artist: Helen Frankenthaler / Title: Colophon, Page 33, 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 2002.1.1028.17
Image rights: © Helen Frankenthaler / Tyler Graphics Ltd.