In the Shadow, from Wordswordswords

A work made of etching in white from one stone on black wove paper.

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  • A work made of etching in white from one stone on black wove paper.




Edwin Schlossberg (American, born 1945)
printed by Donn Steward and Fred Genis
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

Characterized as an author, painter, poet, philosopher, gamesman, scientist, inventor, and teacher, Edwin Schlossberg saw his life’s work as getting people to think for themselves. In Wordswordswords, he deliberately ignored some of the basic rules of printing in order to make reading a physical act. Exhibited here is a virtual “what not to do” in printmaking: misalignment, misspelling, reversals, accidental masking, creased paper, blind embossing, and fragmented letters. Of this piece Schlossberg said, “I hope they see the words, and then I hope they see themselves.”

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Prints and Drawings


Edwin Schlossberg


In the Shadow, from Wordswordswords


United States




Etching in white from one stone on black wove paper


152 x 240 mm (image); 188 x 249 mm (plate); 217 x 278 mm (sheet)

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

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