11.20.81 by Frank Lobdell

11.20.81 by Frank Lobdell

11.20.81

Frank Lobdell

Title

11.20.81

 
Artist

Frank Lobdell

  1921 - 2013 (biography)
Year
1981  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
8 7/8 x 11 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
proof, edition not stated, presumed small. 
Annotations
titled "11.20.81" in lower center margin & "second state" in the lower right margin 
Reference
 
Paper
white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
3EP, Palo Alto 
Inventory ID
21638 
Price
$500.00 
Description

Frank Lobdell used etching to create this tense, dramatic composition. Lobdell, like a number of Abstract Expressionists, preferred to title his work using the date he did it rather than influence the viewer with a title.

This intaglio was printed at 3EP Ltd. in Palo Alto, California with Master Printer Ikuru Kuwahara. The press name referred to three equal partners, which were Paula Kirkeby, Mary Margaret (Moo) Anderson, and printmaker Joseph Goldyne.

Frank Lobdell left for Paris in 1951 and enrolled in the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. Walt Kuhlman joined him in Paris and they were included in the exhibition 6erne Salon des Realites Nouvelles at the Petit Palais in 1951. That same year Lobdell returned to San Francisco and established a studio and was an influential part of the San Francisco Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s.

His distinguished teaching career began in 1957 at the California School of Fine Arts where, according to art historian and critic Thomas Albright, "he was one of the most influential teachers." In 1966, he was Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University and he joined the Stanford faculty the following year. He was Professor of Art until his retirement from Stanford in 1991.