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United States of America 1915 – 1991

El Negro - Poem 1983
Collection Title: an 'El Negro' portfolio 1983
Page: pages 9 and 10
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 lithographic 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: The poem written by Rafael Alberti is printed in two colours: black for the Spanish text and grey for the English text. The text is printed on a double folded page. Please see attachment in 'Multimedia' tab for full text. 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 12 verse of poem printed lithographically in black and grey ink "El negro motherwell/ el profundo compacto entrado de la noche/ Motherwell black/ Deep compact night arrived"
Dimensions: sheet 38.4 h x 70.4 w cm
Cat Raisonné: Terenzio, S. (1991), 272; TGL print documentation, 1983; Walker Art Centre (1987), 421
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1397.5