Robert Motherwell, ‘Game of Chance’, 1987, Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Edition: 100
Paper: White HMP handmade paper; T. Edmonds paper; light yellow-ochre Tyler Graphics Ltd. (TGL) handmade paper
Proofs: 1 archive proof
18 AP, numbered I-XVIII, 1 CP, 3 CTP, 2 PP, 1 RTP
Publisher: Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York
Printer: Roger Campbell and Lee Funderburg (aluminum plates), and Rodney Konopaki (copper plate), Tyler Graphics Ltd.
Other Collaborators:Papermaking by Steve Reeves; prep work for continuous-tone lithography by Kenneth Tyler; aluminum plate preparation and processing by Funderburg; proofing by Campbell and Funderburg; copper plate preparation, processing, and proofing by Funderburg
Production Sequence:10 colors (including 1 colored paper and 5 hand-applied colors) printed in 6 steps from 1 copper plate and 3 aluminum plates: 1. red - copper plate (aquatint, on HMP paper); 2. black - aluminum plate (lithograph, on T. Edmonds paper); 3. black - aluminum plate (lithograph, on HMP paper); 4. ultramarine blue - aluminum plate (lithograph, on HMP paper); 5. T. Edmonds paper hand-colored with thinned brown-gray writing ink and blue acrylic paint; 6. collage: TGL paper, torn; printed T. Edmonds paper (from step 2), torn; both adhered to HMP paper; hand-colored with violet, light blue, and dark blue oil pastels by Funderburg.

Signature: Signed "R. Motherwell" in pencil lower right Numbered in pencil lower right; workshop chop mark lower right; workshop number "RM86-846" in pencil reverse lower left

Siri Engberg and Joan Banach 'Robert Motherwell: The Complete Prints 1940-1991. Catalogue Raisonne', Walker Art Center and Hudson Hills Press, New York, 2003

About Robert Motherwell

Alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell is considered one of the great American Abstract Expressionist painters. His esteemed intellect not only undergirded his gorgeous, expressive paintings—frequently featuring bold black shapes against fields of color—but also made Motherwell one of the leading writers, theorists, and advocates of the New York School. He forged close friendships with the European Surrealists and other intellectuals over his interests in poetry and philosophy, and as such served as a vital link between the pre-war avant-garde in Europe and its post-war counterpart in New York, establishing automatism and psychoanalysis as central concerns of American abstraction. "It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous," Motherwell said. "It's more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.

American, 1915-1991, Aberdeen, Washington, based in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut