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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2008.308
People
Liliana Porter, Argentinian (Buenos Aires, Argentina born 1941)
Title
Cover for a Foreign Object
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Cubierta Para un Objeto Extranjero
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1970
Culture
Argentinian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/330593
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Etching on off-white wove paper with black yarn
Technique
Etching
Dimensions
sheet: 71 x 55.5 cm (27 15/16 x 21 7/8 in.)
platemark: 44.5 x 34.2 cm (17 1/2 x 13 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.r in pencil: Lilliana Porter, 70
  • inscription: l.l in pencil: "Cubierta para un objecto extranjero"
  • inscription: l.c in pencil: a/p
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Edition
Artist Proof
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© Liliana Porter
Accession Year
2008
Object Number
2008.308
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This print was printed as an edition. Porter printed them herself in her own workshop, so never printed the whole edition, but would print a few as needed. The Fogg's print is an artist proof.
Commentary
First, as part of the printmaking group New York Graphic Workshop, and then on her own, Porter has been one of the most influential artists of her generation to emerge from Latin America. Both of these prints were part of a series that Porter started in 1967 when, as she says "tried to simplify my vocabulary and start to work with what I perceived at the time as simple images: a string, a wrinkle of paper, a small shadow, a nail, etc." Porter is still interested in the play of the represented image and the real object being at the same level, as in the actual string and the soft ground etching of the string in Stitch. Cover for a Foreign Object references for Porter things that are never completely understood and that always remain on a mysterious level.

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