Triad X by Clinton Adams

Triad X by Clinton Adams

Triad X

Clinton Adams

Title

Triad X

 
Artist

Clinton Adams

  1918 - 2002 (biography)
Year
1982  
Technique
lithograph printed in black 
Image Size
13 1/4 x 13 7/16" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
12 of 16  
Annotations
pencil dated and editioned, lower margin 
Reference
Conway 156; Tamarind 82-301; Adams 8237 
Paper
Antique-white wove Arches 
State
published 
Publisher
Tamarind (chop, lower left margin) 
Inventory ID
CrCr102 
Price
$600.00 
Description

Clinton Adams started his "Triad" series in 1979. In his essay in the catalogue raisonné, "A Meticulous Serenity" by Robert P. Conway, David Acton comments about the series on pages 44-45: "The image looks as if it were made of cut pieces of ...paper, glued together like Henri Matisse's 'papiers decoupées', then touched with lines in crayon or pastel...Adams developed these formal and symbolic concepts, numbering the works sequentially without regard to medium. Each image shares a collage-like triangle and a central vertical line."

Clinton Adams commented to cataloger Robert Conway about this image: "This is the best of the black and white 'Triads', done by the master printer in the shop at the time, Lynne Allen, a fine, fine printer. It was a tough challenge but she's very good."

Master Printer Lynne Allen commented:"Clinton was famous for using an extra hard, #5 litho crayon as a test of a printers ability to handle subtle gradations of black. I was intiminated at first - he had an aura of seriousness about him - but I treated him like any other artist, and that pleased him."