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Print56 Iso

9: Untitled


Print56 Iso

lithograph on buff Arches Cover paper
22 x 17 in. (55.9 x 43.2 cm)


Signed "RM" in pencil lower left


Numbered in pencil lower right; printer's chop mark lower right




AP (unrecorded)
20 impressions, numbered I-XX


Hollander Workshop, New York


Irwin Hollander, Hollander Workshop

Production Sequence

1 color printed in 1 run from 1 zinc plate: blue – plate


B 27


Interest in the portfolio format and its growing success as a singular way for collectors to acquire work by contemporary artists encouraged many printmakers and independent presses to develop projects of this type. Organized as a celebration of Irwin Hollander's collaboration with American artists working in the medium of lithography, the portfolio 9 is a compendium of images by nine of Hollander's artist collaborators. In addition to Motherwell, the artists participating in the project were Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Louise Nevelson, Henry Pearson, and Saul Steinberg.

The prints are contained in a cloth-covered boxed portfolio case. The gray cover is printed with the number 9 in magenta and was designed by Richard Lindner. The portfolio contains a cover page printed with the number 9 in black and incorporates a portion of the text that Una E. Johnson, curator of prints and drawings and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, wrote for the accompanying descriptive catalogue, as well as basic information about the portfolio itself. A copy of the catalogue is included in the portfolio.

Motherwell had Hollander print a large body of proofs from this plate in black on Rives BFK paper, which he later hand-finished with acrylic paint as unique paper works and titled I.H. Series. The zinc plate for this image was later used as an underplate in The Basque Suite (cat. nos. 79-88).


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