Robert MOTHERWELL, Elegy black black Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Elegy black black 1981
Collection Title: for 'El Negro' 1983
Page: page 15, 16 and 17
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.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic, collage lithograph printed in black ink from one aluminium plate; collage; red crayon Support: buff, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
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: Lithograph printed in one colour: black. Text (verso) printed in two colours: black and grey. This image is printed on a triple fold out page and is the fourth image in the book. 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, in pencil, 'RM81-629'
Dimensions: sheet 38.4 h x 95.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 274; Walker Art Centre (1987), 423
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1424.1
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