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Frank Stella
Bene Come il Sale
etching & aquatint
1989

An original hand-signed Frank Stella etching & aquatint print.

(As Good as the Salt)

1989

Original etching, aquatint and relief print in 18 colors printed from one irregularly shaped 

magnesium plate, one assembled plate made from three irregularly shaped plates (two 

magnesium, one copper), and one assembled plate made from twelve irregularly shaped 

magnesium plates, on hand-made white wove TGL paper (made by Tom Strianese, Paul 

Imboden & John Fulton).

Hand-signed and dated in pencil lower left F. Stella ’89.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 50 (there were 31 additional 

proofs of various types, for an overall edition of 81), numbered in pencil also 

lower left. One of eight plates from the series Italian Folktales. Published by Tyler 

Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, bearing its blindstamp in the paper in the lower 

right corner of the sheet, annotated with the Tyler Graphics workshop number “FS86-

899” in pencil verso; printed at the Tyler Graphics workshop by Anthony Kirk, Brian 

Maxwell, Mark Mahaffey, Bob Cross, Tom DeBolt, Pete Duchess and Doug Humes, 

under the supervision of Kenneth Tyler.

Catalog: Axsom 184; Tyler Graphics FS86-899.

77 ½ x 58 ¾ inches

Sheet Size: 77 ½ x 58 ¾ inches