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Pirates

A work made of lithograph from seven plates and three stones in black, gray, blue, purple, and metallic silver ink on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph from seven plates and three stones in black, gray, blue, purple, and metallic silver ink on white wove paper.

Date:

1979–82

Artist:

Lee Bontecou (American, born 1931)
printed by Thomas Cox and James V. Smith
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

In Pirates, the artist worked for the first time in offset lithography, in which the images on metal plates are first transferred (“offset”) to rubber blankets or rollers before being printed onto the paper. The most complex print she had yet attempted, Pirates required seven metal plates and three lithographic stones to produce its final, swirling image, one of what Bontecou called her “worldscapes.” The title was chosen by Bontecou’s printer; Bontecou herself resisted giving titles to her works, not wishing to influence the viewer’s interpretation.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Lee Bontecou

Title

Pirates

Origin

United States

Date

1979–1982

Medium

Lithograph from seven plates and three stones in black, gray, blue, purple, and metallic silver ink on white wove paper

Dimensions

970 × 1155 mm

Credit Line

U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; purchased with funds provided by supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1983.270

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