Spotlight: Liliana Porter (Argentina; b. 1941), Still Life No. I, 1970.

Liliana Porter (Argentina; b. 1941), Still Life No. I, 1970. Aquatint and Collage (Edition: 19/135), 12 ½ x 17 ½ inches, Franco Collection, Auburn University at Montgomery.

Catalogue entry by Jessica Roy

Liliana Porter was born in 1941 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but has lived and work in New York since 1964. She obtained her training and education at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Academica Correspondiente for Argentina, in 2003, and Academica Correspondiente for Argentina in the United States, in 2009.

After moving to New York in 1965,  “along with artists Luis Camnitzer and José Guillermo Castillo, she co-founded the New York Graphic Workshop, which produced prints while redefining conventional models for making and distributing art.” (Sicardi)  Porter works across mediums, having worked in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation, public art, theater, and video. Porter had her first show in 1959 and since then has shown her work in 40 countries and some 450 exhibitions.

This copy of Still Life No.1 is number 19 out of 135 of a black and white printed series by Liliana Porter. Not only is this a printed artwork but it is also a mixed media collage. The printed aspect of the artwork is three cylinders, possibly three cans of some kind. What makes it mixed media is the fact the Porter has taken a black piece of yarn and pierced the print with it, thus making it look like the yarn is tied around the cylinders. Porter has singed the bottom right corner, editioned the middle bottom, and added the title on the bottom left corner.

Sources:

“Liliana Porter,” Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/liliana-porter/biography

“Liliana Porter, Artist Website,” http://lilianaporter.com/artist?content=bio

“Sicardi Gallery,” https://www.sicardi.com/artists/liliana-porter

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