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United States of America 1925 – Paris 1992



Colophon 1992
Collection Title: the 'Poems' portfolio 1992
Title Notes: 003-009
Place made: Mount Kisco, Westchester county, New York state, United States of America
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: 76/76
Edition: edition of 76: plus 12 artist's proofs; right to print; 6 trial proofs; printer's proof II; TGL impression
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1992

Edition Notes: With slip case and portfolio box. 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: numbered centre, pencil "76/76"
Tertiary Insc: text printed lithographically, black ink "POEMS[bold] 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 21¼" x 157/8" x 1½"; the paper folio 19¾" x 14¾" x 7/8"; the single pages 19¼" x 141/4" and the folded pages 19¼" x 283/8". Joan Mitchell created the colour lithographs at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York in March 1992. The lithography 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 Thomas 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." text printed lithographically, bottom centre, blue ink "[TGL logo]", black ink "Published by Tyler Graphics Ltd.[bold] / The book Poems[italics] © Tyler Graphics Ltd., November 1992 / Lithographs © Joan Mitchell/Tyler Graphics Ltd., 1992 / Poetry © Nathan Kernan, 1992"
Dimensions: sheet 48.6 h x 35.6 w cm
Cat Raisonné: TGL print documentation, 1992
Acknowledgement: Purchased with the assistance of the Orde Poynton Fund 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.1.250.10
Image rights: © Estate of Joan Mitchell
Image rights: © Nathan Kernan