Calnogor

Frank Stella
Calnogor
etching
1996

An original hand-signed Frank Stella etching.

1996

Original etching, aquatint, relief and stamping printed in colors from one assembled plate made from one aluminum base plate and one magnesium die, one assembled plate made from one Lexan base plate and two irregularly shaped copper plates, and one assembled plate made from one Lexan base plate, 20 irregularly shaped copper plates, 10 irregularly shaped magnesium plates, and two shaped poured aluminum elements, on TGL handmade paper and metalized silver foil.

Hand-signed in pencil lower left of center F. Stella ’96

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 34, numbered (12/34) also lower left of center (there were 18 additional proofs of various types, for an overall edition of 52).  One of twelve plates from the series Imaginary Places II. Published and printed by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, under the supervision of Kenneth Tyler, bearing the Tyler Graphics, Ltd. blindstamp in the paper lower center, also bearing the Tyler Graphics workshop number “FS94-3124” in pencil verso.

Catalog: Axsom 238; Tyler Graphics FS94-3124.

Over a period of four years, Stella produced three series and seven individual prints whose titles came from The Dictionary of Imaginary Places by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi. Fashioned in the spirit of nineteenth-century traveler’s guides, the book is a catalogue of fictional locations culled from world literature.

The prints of Imaginary Places stand alongside the paintings and reliefs of the Imaginary Places Series (1994-2004). Begun in the same year, that are recognizable for their teeming compositions of twisting, colliding, and knotted forms, held in check by their formats.  Shapes often spill out of these formats, seeming to escape, even obliterate their containers.  To realize these teeming compositions, Stella brought into play his nearly full palette of printmaking media for the Imaginary Places prints – including lithography, relief printing, etching, aquatint, engraving, mezzotint and screenprinting.