Robert MOTHERWELL, Black in black Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America 1915 – 1991

Black in black 1981-83
Collection Title: an 'El Negro' portfolio 1983
Page: page 45
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 in black' was started on the 18 January 1981. The RTP was printed on the 6 March 1981. The print was finished on the 26 October 1982 and the plate was cancelled on the 14 February 1983.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph printed from one aluminium plate, tusche, crayon Support: cream, wove, handmade, TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: verso lower right 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. This image is the eleventh 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 "RM81-636"
Dimensions: comp 31.8 h x 51.6 w cm sheet 38.2 h x 61.0 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 281; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 430
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1420.8
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