Robert MOTHERWELL, Black banners Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Black banners 1981-83
Collection Title: an 'El Negro' portfolio 1983
Page: page 21
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 banners' was started on 8 February 1981. The RTP was printed on the 3 June 1981. The finishing date was 27 October 1982 and the plate was cancelled on 14 February 1983.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph printed from one aluminium plate, black marker and red crayon additions Support: white, 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: Lithograph printed in one colour: black. 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 "RM81-630"
Dimensions: comp 28.2 h x 21.0 w cm sheet 38.2 h x 37.8 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 275; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 424
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1423.6
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