Transitions by Clinton Adams
One of the pioneers of modern lithography in the United States, along with June Wayne he founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles catapulting the medium of lithography into the hands of numerous artists and developing fine art printers that had an impact on modern printmaking lasting decades. A precocious artist and a vibrant academic, his cerebral prints are a magnificent testament to his profound creative thinking, relentless persistence as an artist and a genuine understanding and love of the medium.
Transitions represented an important new phase in Adams' life as an artist. At a time when colorful mixed media prints were dominating the art market, Adams created a suite of 4 small lithographs in just black ink aligned with a time honored printmaking tradition. At the same time he was diagnosed and surgically treated for a malignant tumor in his optic nerve. This was the only work that he created in 1989 putting all the effort he could muster to produce a fascinating image with tiles, shadows and shafts of light illuminating carefully crafted cracks and excavations. This is the sixth of the rare ten roman edition prints created in addition to the arabic edition of 30 and part of the prestigious Peter Morse Collection (a personal friend and art critic).
Technical Details: Lithograph. Sheet size 12 x 12 inches. Edition number VI of X. 1989. Provenance - Collection of Peter Morse (personal friend of Clinton Adams and Jean Charlot).