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Africa 10 from the Africa Suite

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Africa 10 from the Africa Suite

Artist: Robert Motherwell (American)
Culture: American
Date: 1970
Medium: Screenprint on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 31 x 23 1/4 inches (78.7 x 59.1 cm)
Plate: 31 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches (80 x 60.3 cm)
Sheet: 40 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches (102.9 x 72.4 cm)
Mat: 41 1/2 x 32 1/2 inches (105.4 x 82.6 cm)
State: 80
Edition: 150
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Albert Finney
Label Text:Robert Motherwell was a prolific artist and the youngest member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists. His work is indebted to European Surrealism and, in particular, a technique known as psychic automatism, in which spontaneous marks are used to compose an image. In response to the atrocities of World War II, Motherwell and other artists used this technique to create abstract works that avoided literal representations of the world by accessing areas of the unconscious mind. The Africa Suite, printed in England at the Kelpra Studio under the direction of Chris Prater, was taken from a number of ink drawings created by Motherwell earlier that year. Africa 10, the final print in the series, features the artist’s signature color palette of black and white, with bold gestural swaths of ink.
Object number: 1981.59.1