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. Text on verso printed from two aluminium plates in black and grey. 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: inscribed upper left corner, pencil "8" inscribed lower left corner, pencil "23" [vertically] verso: inscribed lower left corner, pencil "TEXT 4" verso: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "RM81-630" verso: inscribed lower right corner, pencil "24" [vertically]
Dimensions: comp 28.0 h x 21.0 w cm sheet 38.2 h x 33.8 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 2002.1.1423.3
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