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Joan MITCHELL

United States of America 1925 – Paris 1992

Colophon 1992
Collection Title: an incomplete 'Poems' portfolio
Creation Notes: Joan Mitchell created the colour lithographs in March 1992.
Materials & Technique: prints, planographic lithograph, text in black Support: white, wove, handmade TGL paper
Manufacturer's Mark: watermark: lower right corner, TGL [hexagon]
Impression: trial proof IV
Edition: edition of 76; RTP, PPII, 12AP's, 6TP's, TGLimp.
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1992

Edition Notes: Incomplete set. With slip case and portfolio box. No contents pages on verso of Title page. In March of 1992, Joan Mitchell collaborated with Kenneth Tyler on the design and creation of the book which consists of eight lithographs illuminating the poetry of Nathan Kernan, with title and colophon pages, paper folio, and cloth-covered box. The sequence of the book is as follows: paper folio (made of recycled proofs of previous Mitchell prints completed at Tyler Graphics), title page, table of contents, 'Joie de vivre', 'In time', 'Morning', 'Cobble Hill', 'Mornings on the bridge', 'Sky', Urn burial', 'Avenue of poplars' and colophon. Papermaking by Tom Strianese, Jed Marshall and Robert Meyer; prep work for continuous-tone lithography and preparation of toner crayon drawing material by Kenneth Tyler; plate preparation, processing, proofing and edition printing by Lee Funderburg; typography by Emsworth Design Inc., box by Portfolio Inc.
Primary Insc: signed centre, pencil "Joan Mitchell" signed centre, pencil "Nathan Kernan"
Secondary Insc: inscribed centre, pencil "T.P 4/6"
Tertiary Insc: text printed lithographically, centre, black ink "POEMS is a book of eight Joan Mitchell lithographs illuminating the poetry of / Nathan Kernan, with title and colophon pages, paper folio and cloth-covered / box. The edition is seventy-six books with one Right to Print, two Printers, one / Archive, twelve Artist's Proofs, and six Trial Proof copies. All books are signed on / the colophon page by the artist and poet with book numbering by the artist. The / box measures 21/4" x 15 3/4" x 1 1/2"; the paper folio 19 3/4" x 14 3/4" x 7/8"; the single / pages 19 1/4" x 14 1/8" and the folded pages 19 1/4" x 28 3/8". / Joan Mitchell created the colour lithographs at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, / New York in March 1992. The lithographs with poems, title insert on box and title / on paper folio set in Univers, were printed by Lee Funderburg assisted by Kenneth Tyler on white TGL paper handmade by Thom Strianese, Jed Marshall / and Robert Meyer at the Tyler Graphics Ltd. paper mill. The paper folio was made / of recycled lithographic proofs from the artist's earlier projects at Tyler Graphics. / Typography by Emsworth Design, Inc. Box by Portfoliobox, Inc. inscribed lower centre, blue ink "TGL" [hexagon logo] inscribed lower centre, black ink "Published by Tyler Graphics Ltd. / The book Poems © Tyler Graphics Ltd., November 1992 / Lithographs © Joan Mitchell / Tyler Graphics Ltd., 1992 / Poetry © Nathan Kernan, 1992"
Dimensions: sheet 48.8 h x 35.6 w cm
Cat Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1992
Acknowledgement: Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.1473.10
Image rights: © Estate of Joan Mitchell