Ten Works x Ten Painters: Untitled
screenprint and collage
24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Mohawk Superfine paper
Edition impressions are unsigned
50 impressions, numbered 1/50-50/50 on colophon (page A)
The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
Scirocco Screenprinters, North Haven, Connecticut, under the direction of Ives-Sillman, New Haven, Connecticut
Project supervision by Norman Ives and Sewell Sillman
3 colors (including 1 white paper) printed in 3 steps from 2 screens: 1. ochre – screen (on Mohawk paper); 2. black – screen (on collage element); 3. collage: printed white paper (from step 2) cut and adhered to Mohawk paper
Invited by Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr., curator of paintings at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, to create a print for the portfolio Ten Works x Ten Painters, Motherwell based his contribution on a 1964 work titled Atheneum Collage. In this composition the silhouetted paper fragment is positioned against a sheer background of intense color, which Motherwell felt would transpose well into the mixed-media format of screenprint and collage. This marks the debut of collage as an element in his print editions. The collage element is white paper printed with black ink, cut to resemble a torn sheet and adhered to a base sheet printed in ochre. Collage would become a distinguishing feature of Motherwell's graphic work, both as a method of composing and as a literal element in the work itself.
The portfolio is contained in a cloth-covered, off-white box measuring 25 5/8 x 21 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (65.1 x 54 x 3.2 cm), with the title screenprinted on the front cover in blue and white. Other artists in the portfolio are Stuart Davis, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, George Ortman, Larry Poons, Ad Reinhardt, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. Each print is in a paper wrapper with the artist's name printed on the front. The portfolio is numbered in blue ink on the colophon page.
Some of the artist's proofs are printed on larger paper than the edition prints.