Robert MOTHERWELL, Invisible stab Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Invisible stab 1981-83
Collection Title: an 'El Negro' portfolio 1983
Page: page 53
Place made: Bedford Village, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
Creation Notes: Robert Motherwell began collaborating with Kenneth Tyler on 'El Negro' in 1981. The book was editioned in 1983. 'Invisible stab' was started on the 11 January 1981. The RTP was printed on the 12 April 1981. The print was finished on the 20 September 1982 and the plate was cancelled on the 14 February 1983.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic colour lithograph printed from three aluminium plates, tusche, crayon Support: grey, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: verso lower left corner, TGL hexagon
Impression: unsigned proof
Edition: edition: 51 plus 10AP; TP; PPI; PPII; RTP; A; C; 3HC
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1983

Edition Notes: Colour lithograph printed in three colours: black, blue and red. This image is the thirteenth image in the portfolio. 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: verso: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "RM81-638"
Dimensions: comp 23.4 h x 30.8 w cm sheet 38.2 h x 37.4 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 283; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 432
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1416.3
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