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United States of America 1915 – 1991

Invisible stab 1981-83
Collection Title: a complete set of unsigned proofs for 'El Negro'
Page: page 53
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, portfolios, planographic colour lithograph printed from three aluminium plates, tusche, crayon; verso: text printed from two aluminium plates 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: Colour lithograph printed in three colours: black, blue and red. Text (verso) printed in two colours: black and grey. This image is the thirteenth 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. The 'El Negro' poem was written by Rafael Alberti (with translation by Vincente Lleo Canal) and offset printed, Spanish in black and English in grey. The introductory preface was written by Jack Flam. Sequence of prints: front end leaf, title page, Negro, preface, Mourning, poem, Night arrived, Elegy black black, Black banners, Black of the echo, Eternal black, Black wall of Spain, Airless black, Black concentrated, Black in black, Forever black, Invisible stab, Black lament, Black with no way out, Gypsy curse, Black undone by tears, Through black emerge purified, Poor Spain, colophon page, and back end leaf. Seven lithographs from 'El Negro' were published in separate editions.
Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Tertiary Insc: verso: page 54 verse of poem printed lithographically in black and grey ink "Llanto negro sin fin negro callado/ Black lament endless mute black"
Dimensions: comp 23.6 h x 30.8 w cm sheet 38.6 h x 37.6 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 283; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 432
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1397.16