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HALE WOODRUFF (1900 - 1980) Celestial Gate.
Color screenprint on Arches paper, 1977. 507x608 mm; 18 3/4x21 1/2 inches, full margins. Proof, aside from an edition of approximately 175. Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed "To the Printmaking Workshop - with appreciation-" in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Ed O'Connell Photographics, New York, with the blind stamp lower right.
One of the artist's best known series of paintings, Woodruff's Celestial Gate works incorporate the forms derived from Asante gold weights and the doors of dwellings of Dogon chiefs in Mali with modernist abstraction. One of his paintings from the Celestial Gate series is in the collection of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.