Artist/Designer: Robert Kipniss
b. 1931, Brooklyn, New York
Title: The Small Picket Fence 1982
: Image: 7" h x 7.75" Paper: 13" x 14" Offered unframed. (Please contact us
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Details: Hand-signed in pencil Kipniss on right side under image, and numbered 55/80 on left side under image. Edition of 80, with 15 artist proofs. Printed on cream paper.
Notes from the Archive: Robert Kipniss has his own approach to creating a mezzotint print. As described in the book, Robert Kipniss Intaglios 1982-2004, a copper plate is prepared usually by a mechanical rocker creating hundreds of evenly placed rough points in the surface of the metal. Next different kinds of steel burnishers are used to polish the rough copper surface. Polishing lessens the amount of ink the plate will retain and allows the artist to achieve a wide and subtle range of tonal effects, hence the name mezzotint, meaning middle tones. To get pure white in an area, the surface must be polished mirror smooth so that no ink will be held on the plate. As he produces light areas, the artist's forms emerge from the darkness. Untouched areas will print a velvety black that is a special characteristic of the mezzotint.
In this landscape, Kipniss draws our attention to the repeating linear pattern of the perfect white picket fence. The velvety texture of the mezzotint draws you into the artist's world, and at the same time evokes your own personal memories and recollections. This is an extraordinary intaglio print evocative of intense contemplation and rendered with extreme technical expertise.
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