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Laura Owens


Laura Owens, Untitled, 2009, acrylic and oil on linen, Private collection,
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, © Laura Owens

Though inspired by one of the artist’s paintings (above), Untitled (LO 425) is by no means a copy. The painting’s bright reds, purples, turquoises, and pastel blues give way in the final print to tones that convey the sense of cool moonlight. Owens arrived at the palette incrementally, after experimenting with a number of different color combinations. More brightly colored than the final print, the working proof reveals an intermediate color scheme between that of the painting and the final edition print (the numbers and X’s scattered across the proof indicate color revisions).


Laura Owens examining a working proof for Untitled (LO 425), 2010, photograph by Kathan Brown, Courtesy Crown Point Press

Banner image: Detail, Pat Steir, Kweilin Dreaming 88, 1998, color woodcut with hand-painting and pen-and-ink drawing on silk mounted to paper, Crown Point Press, © Pat Steir

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