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Fifth Stone

A work made of lithograph from two stones in yellow and black ink on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph from two stones in yellow and black ink on cream wove paper.

Date:

1964

Artist:

Lee Bontecou (American, 1931-2022)
printed by Zigmunds Priede
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

The black hole that appears in so many of Bontecou’s relief sculptures of the early 1960s dominates Fifth Stone, whose monumental size also mimics the artist’s wall reliefs. In the print, however, the black void and its concentric bands fill nearly the entire sheet, suggesting, as one early critic imagined, “wells, tunnels, sequestered and mysterious places … [or] the central point around which the cosmos circulates.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Lee Bontecou

Title

Fifth Stone

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1964

Medium

Lithograph from two stones in yellow and black ink on cream wove paper

Dimensions

Image/plate: 93 × 70 cm (36 5/8 × 27 9/16 in.); Sheet: 105.2 × 75.6 cm (41 7/16 × 29 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

U.L.A.E. Collection acquired through a challenge grant of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dittmer; purchased with funds provided by supporters of the Department of Prints and Drawings; Centennial Endowment; Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1982.97

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