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Air, 1969

Edward Ruscha

American, 1937-
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper ; torn and deckle edges, bleed image
sheet: 17-1/8 x 24-1/8 in. (43.5 x 61.3 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift
© 2012 Edward Ruscha

Not on view

Once a Tamarind edition was printed, each impression was signed by the artist and the seals, or chops, of the printer and workshop were blind-stamped (embossed or impressed with no use of ink or foil) in the lower margin. Each printer designed his or her own chop. John Sommers, the printer of this particular lithograph, whose chop is a flying bird, was a Tamarind Master Printer, a title that indicates he completed the full printer training program and had the skill to collaborate with artists of every aesthetic. Tamarind’s distinctive chop is derived from the alchemist’s symbol for stone.

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