Abstract by Emerson S. Woelffer

Abstract by Emerson S. Woelffer

Abstract

Emerson S. Woelffer

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Title

Abstract

 
Artist
Year
1954  
Technique
color lithograph 
Image Size
22 1/2 x 17 7/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right margin; initialed in stone, lower right image 
Edition Size
252/300; original edition of 150, expanded to 300. 
Annotations
dated "54" after the signature 
Reference
Cover illustration for "Emerson Woelffer: Life in the Abstract," published by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 2004 
Paper
ivory textured wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center as a gift for the Institutional membership. 
Inventory ID
20063 
Price
$900.00 
Description

"Abstract" was done in 1954 and printed by the artist while he was teaching at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The print was done in an edition of 150 as a gift for members and expanded to 300, the other 150 offered by the Arts Center as a fund raiser for the organization.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center hired Woelffer as a director and instructor in 1950 and and added Josef Albers and Robert Motherwell in 1953 as it began to focus on Modernism and Abstract Expressionism that was beginning to flourish on the East Coast.

In the 1950s, Emerson Woelffer embarked on his "Numbers" paintings, a series of hieroglyphic works that are reminiscent of Adolph Gottlieb's early 1940s "pictographs," with letters, numbers, and punctuation establishing a syncopated rhythm across the picture plane, and that also presage the mark making employed in contemporary graffiti art. These calligraphic marks and lines reflect the free form, highly personal approach that Woelffer applied to abstraction throughout his oeuvre.

In 1950 Woelffer also did a series of experimental lithographs at the Arts Center, based on the "Numbers" paintings.

 

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