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Cover, from Fifth Stone, Sixth Stone

A work made of aquatint with etching on ivory cloth.

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  • A work made of aquatint with etching on ivory cloth.

Date:

1967–68

Artist:

Lee Bontecou (American, born 1931)
printed by Donn Steward (American, 1921-1986)
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

Fifth Stone, Sixth Stone is an illustrated book that includes seven etchings (with aquatint) by Lee Bontecou—six appear in the interior, and the seventh graces the book ’s cloth cover. Text facing the etchings describes the production, a few years earlier, of the lithographs Fifth Stone (1963) and Sixth Stone (1964).

The text is by the young poet Tony Towle, who had recently arrived at U.L.A.E. as secretary in 1964 and wrote an account of watching Bontecou make the lithographs Fifth Stone and Sixth Stone. In response, she created several etchings reminiscent of the lithographs. The fact that Bontecou decided to produce etchings that evoke the spirit of the original lithographs is part of the book’s eccentricity.

This work is part of the significant holdings in the U.L.A.E. archive owned by the Art Institute that documents the gestation of Fifth Stone, Sixth Stone. In all, the archive includes etching plates; preparatory and transfer drawings; working, trial, and artist’s proofs; as well as a prototype for the box that would contain the book.

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Artist

Lee Bontecou

Title

Cover, from Fifth Stone, Sixth Stone

Origin

United States

Date

1967–1968

Medium

Aquatint with etching on ivory cloth

Dimensions

401 × 346 mm

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1982.105aaaaa

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