Robert MOTHERWELL, Black with no way out Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Black with no way out 1981
Collection Title: for 'El Negro' 1983
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. 'Black with no way out' was started on the 22 of February 1981. The print was finished on the 8 November 1982. The plate was printed in a seperate edition on the 3 January 1983 and signed by the artist on the 30 January 1983. The plate was cancelled on the 14 February 1983.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph printed in black ink from one aluminium plate Support: white, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: lower right corner, TGL symbol
Impression: unsigned proof
Edition: edition: 51 plus 10 artist's proofs; trial proof; printer's proof I; printer's proof II; right to print; archive copy; cancellation proof; 3 hors commerce
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Bedford Village, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1983

Edition Notes: Colours printed: black. Robert Motherwell prepared the seventeen 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. This image is one of seven images that were printed separately in editions (without text) of 98 plus 14 artist's proofs numbered I-XIV.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: verso: inscribed, lower right corner, in pencil, 'RM81-640' verso: text printed lithographically in black and grey ink, lower right, 'Negro de maldición gitana irremediable [grey] / Black of the Gypsy's incurable curse [black]'
Dimensions: sheet 39.0 h x 95.6 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 285; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 434; Engberg/Banach (2003), 313
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1413.1
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