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Grace Hartigan
American, 1922–2008

The Canal to the Sky

1960–1961
From the series, Salute

Object Type: Print
Dimensions:
17 1/4 in. x 14 in. (43.82 cm x 35.56 cm)
Medium and Support: Screen print on paper
Accession Number: 1995.0002.0003.0001

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase


Grace Hartigan was an artist who was recognized internationally as a leader in the second generation of Abstract Expressionists. Her abstract compositions were inspired by the environment of the city—fragments such as store windows, pushcarts, or glimpses of observed figures were the basis for her arrangements of form and color.

"The Canal to the Sky" is part of a series of screen prints Hartigan created to illustrate Salute, New York School writer James Schuyler's (American, 1923–1991) book of poetry. In this series of prints Hartigan distanced herself from Expressionism, finding inspiration in the poems and attempting to produce the "visual quality of the poem's imagery." Additionally, she focused on the color and the texture of the paper as she overlaid varying densities of ink. This technique is found in the "Salute" series where the black paint is applied thickly to the page with vibrant colors superimposed in thinner layers.

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