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Print89 Iso

London Series I: Untitled


Print89 Iso

screenprint on J.B. Green mould-made Double Elephant paper
41 x 28 1/4 in. (104.1 x 71.7 cm)


Signed "Motherwell" in pencil lower right; signed "RM" in screen upper left


Numbered in pencil lower right; artist's chop mark lower right; workshop number "K 7621" stamped in black ink reverse lower right




10 AP
other proofs (unrecorded)


Marlborough Graphics, Inc., New York


Chris Prater, Kelpra Studio, London

Production Sequence

1 color printed in 1 run from 1 screen: black – screen


B 64


Motherwell's next to projects at Kelpra Studio, London, involved suites of screenprints that explored variations of the Open theme in vertical and horizontal formats. The work at Kelpra and simultaneously at ULAE on A la pintura were new reflections on the surfaces and the inscribed rectangles of his Open paintings. In London Series I and II, the planar field was created without complicated adjustments. Each series builds the Open format differently; in London Series I, the lines are etched and suspended from the top of the page plane; in London Series II, the lines are created by the edges of each successive screenprinting.

Numerous proofs were printed for each suite that show the range of variations explored. These proofs are part of the artist's archive.

In a manner similar to the presentation of The Basque Suite, Marlborough Graphics released London Series I and London Series II in a number of groupings with various titles between 1972 and 1976. London Series I was released as follows: cat. nos. 89 and 90 as No. 5 and No. 6 in 1972; cat. no. 91 as No. 9 in 1974; and cat. nos. 92 and 93 as No. 13 and No. 14 in 1976; London Series II was released as follows: cat. nos. 94 and 95 as No. 1 and No. 2 in 1972; cat. no. 94 as No. 10 in 1974; and cat. nos. 97 and 98 as No. 15 and No. 16 in 1976.

See also cat. nos. 94-98.


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