Swan Engraving Square III

  • medium Etching on TGL handmade paper
  • edition 4/20
  • size 53.00w x 51.00h in
  • created 1982
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COA: This work comes with a certificate of authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Published by: Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Bedford, New York
Literature: Axsom 159 | Tyler 573
Series: Swan Engravings

Collection Note:

This work is from Frank Stella’s ‘Swan Engraving Series’, a set of twenty-five prints published over 3 years and one of Stella’s most ambitious projects. The name of the series comes from the Swan Engraving Company in Connecticut where Stella had shapes cut for his Circuit works. The scraps of these shapes, as well as templates for doily patterns which Swan Engravings Company produced were incorporated into the series, creating intricate graphic patterns.

The prints were made by collaging the scraps and templates together on a plywood backing, then inking them and printing, producing intaglio and relief prints. Such a method of assembling the plate from various components was used here for the first time by Stella, exemplifying the constant innovation in his work from series to series.

Works from Stella’s ‘Swan Engraving Series’ are held by major collections across the world including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Tate Modern; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.