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Eleventh Stone

A work made of lithograph from one stone in white ink on black wove paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph from one stone in white ink on black wove paper.




Lee Bontecou (American, born 1931)
printed by Frank Akers (American, born 1936)
published by Universal Limited Art Editions (American, founded 1955)

About this artwork

The imagery in Eleventh Stone is directly related to a group of striped and billowing colored relief sculptures Bontecou produced in 1966, made of welded steel, epoxy, fiberglass, and canvas. They resemble parts of windblown airships or the hard, curving shell of a mollusk.

Bontecou was ultimately dissatisfied with the qualityof the printing of Eleventh Stone. Printing is a collaborative process between the artist and the printer, and, in the case of Eleventh Stone, she explained that she “wasn’t happy with the printing. I know that when I did them, they weren’t clogged looking. I just know that something happened to the [lithographic] stones. They were all right when we started. [They] should have come out with more gradations, like the flower.”


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Prints and Drawings


Lee Bontecou


Eleventh Stone


United States (Artist's nationality)




Lithograph from one stone in white ink on black wove paper


Image: 26 × 41.2 cm (10 1/4 × 16 1/4 in.); Sheet: 42 × 48.5 cm (16 9/16 × 19 1/8 in.)

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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

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