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 Dorothea Tanning   (1910-2012)

  Ouvre-toi: Plate II
  • lithograph printed in greyish olive, greyish yellow, brownish orange, moderate brown and deep reddish orange, 1971
  • signed in pencil lower right recto
  • edition of 90 on Arches, signed and numbered: 1-90 and an unspecified number of proofs including 10 signed color trial proofs on Arches and 10 signed artist's proofs on Arches
  • plate size 3 3/16" x 10⅛" (8 x 25.8 cm.)
  • second of two lithographs from the livre d'artiste Ouvre-toi issued in conjunction with a one-person exhibition at Gallery Iolas, Milan, Feb 1971
  • published by Galleria Alexandre Iolas, Milan
  • printed by Pierre Chave, Vence
  • Literature:  Dorothea Tanning: Hail, Delirium!, New York Public Library, 1992, catalog no.29, pp.58, 97
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The frieze dimension reappears to fit the format of a book of friezes to accompany a solo exhibition in Milan. Here the printer rolled color sideways, producing the gentle toning from one color to another. These Dionysiac revelers intertwine to announce more of the same goings-on inside the book. Each long narrow page unfolded out to reveal a succession of dramas like movies.
      -Dorothea Tanning, Hail, Delirium!, 1992, catalog raisonne
Dorothea Tanning - Ouvre-toi: Plate II - 1971 color lithograph

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