Salute: On a Tar Roof
Grace Hartigan (American, 1922 – 2008)
DimensionsSheet : 18 1/8 x 14 1/4 in. (46.04 x 36.2 cm)
Mat : 24 x 20 in. (60.96 x 50.8 cm)
Credit LineHope College College
LabelIn the 1950s, Grace Hartigan belonged to a circle of avant-garde artists, poets and writers in New York City that included Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler. Hartigan created this print to accompany a James Schuyler poem titled “Flashes” that describes the sight of an approaching rainstorm as seen from the roof of a New York apartment building. The image was created using the screen printing process, in which stencils are used to block out different parts of the design on silk or synthetic mesh panels. Ink is forced through the mesh, transferring the designs to the paper. Each color in a screenprint requires its own mesh panel. Careful inspection of the overlapping inks in this print reveals that it was made using three separate screen panels.