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Gallery Text

The surface of Noland’s Brandywine shimmers like a mirage. Colorful inks slip from warm green to vibrant maroon to deep mustard across a sheet of matte black paper. To perceive the full range of hues and transitions, we must walk back and forth; the print requires move-ment from its audience. The viewer makes this piece come alive. In contrast to regular inkjet printers, which move a sheet of paper through their rollers, offset lithography relies on the mobility of ink itself. Here, ink—not paper—moved through the press as it was displaced onto a sequence of cylindrical rollers. The final roller held this sheet of paper, which received the ink. The circumnavigations Brandywine invites its viewer to perform are by no means accidental. We find ourselves tracing and retracing with our bodies the path made by so many rollers and inks, reenacting the very printing process as we move around and through this surface of delightful, roiling uncertainty.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
2018.33.43
People
Kenneth Noland, American (Asheville, NC 1924 - 2010 Port Clyde, ME)
Title
Brandywine
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
1991
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/361196
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Offset lithograph on black wove paper
Technique
Offset print
Dimensions
54.6 × 76.2 cm (21 1/2 × 30 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: On verso, in white chalk: Kenneth Noland 1991
  • inscription: On verso, in white chalk: [arrow pointing upward] / Kenneth Noland / 1991 / B9135
Provenance
Kenneth Noland, created 1991; [Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA], sold; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2018.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund
Copyright
© Kenneth Noland Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
2018
Object Number
2018.33.43
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Exhibition History

Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/04/2022 - 07/31/2022

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