United States of America 1915 – 1991

Airless black 1981-83
Collection Title: an 'El Negro' portfolio 1983
Page: page 35 and 36
Creation Notes: Robert Motherwell began collaborating with Kenneth Tyler on 'El Negro' in 1981. The book was editioned in 1983.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic colour lithograph printed from two aluminium plates, tusche Support: buff, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: verso upper 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 two colours: black and ochre. Text (verso) printed in two colours: black and grey. This image is printed on a double folded page and is the ninth 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 "RM81-634" verso: page 37 verse of poem printed lithographically in black and grey ink "Dolor de negro concentrado angustia, / Pain of black concentrated anguish"
Dimensions: comp 34.0 h x 45.0 w cm sheet 38.2 h x 64.2 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 279; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 428
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1418.1
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