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#125

© Conner Family Trust, San Francisco. Professional photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion, 2015.

#125

Artist: Bruce Conner (Born in McPherson, Kansas, 1933-2008)
Culture: American
Date: 1971
Medium: Offset lithograph on paper, artist's proof
Dimensions:
Sheet: 14 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches (36.2 x 36.2 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Kristine Stiles
Label Text:Although not a mandala, this work is strikingly similar to Bruce Conner’s mandala series: black and white, executed with extreme detail and precision, and containing countless methodical black ink marks on the page. Nonetheless, the work lacks the circular forms that also characterize his mandala works. Instead, it includes black and white forms that resemble an exotic pattern or abstract zebra print. In creating the drawing upon which this lithograph is based, Conner used the felt-tip pen that had reached the market in the 1960s. Conner found the felt-tip pen an ideal tool for his process, as it never needed to be lifted from the paper, and he could work methodically, uninterrupted for hours. Despite his preference, Conner warned: “Felt-tip marker pens, which are labeled permanent, are not. They fade and disappear in sunlight.” KH


Provenance: Rental Gallery Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore, MD, in September 1973.
Object number: 2018.18.11