Dec 10, 2020 - Sale 2554

Sale 2554 - Lot 40

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
ROBERT BLACKBURN (1913 - 2003)
Color Symphony.

Color lithograph on cream wove paper, circa 1960. 400x560 mm; 15 3/4x22 1/8 inches, full margins. Edition of 15. Signed, titled, and inscribed "edition of 15" in pencil, lower margin.

This bright and richly-inked artist's proof is an excellent impression of this scarce and important print. Color Symphony epitomizes Blackburn's important experimentation work in lithography in the early 1960s. From 1957 to 1963, Blackburn served as the first master printer at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), West Islip, NY. In most cases, he taught the artists, including Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg, how to make lithographs, sharing his sensibility of the medium and his approach to the stone. Another artist proof is in the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art; other impressions are in the Wes and Missy Cochran collection, the collection of the estate of Robert Blackburn and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, College Park and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute.