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Maker(s):Cumming, Robert H.
Culture:American (1943-)
Title:Knowing/Not Seeing from a suite of four lithographs titled "The Mind is Smooth - No Motion - Contented as the Eye Upon the Forehead of a Bust That Knows - it Cannot See"
Date Made:1989
Materials:Lithograph in black and color
Place Made:The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Measurements:Overall: 27 5/16 in x 22 5/16 in; 69.4 cm x 56.7 cm; Frame: 34 1/2 in x 29 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 87.6 cm x 74.9 cm x 3.8 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/DATE: front, lwr. r. (white pencil): Cumming 1989; TITLE: front, lwr. l. (white pencil): KNOWING/NOT SEEING; EDITION NUMBER: front, lwr. ctr. (white pencil): 29/30; TITLE: front, lwr. (red ink in plate):THAT KNOWS IT CANNOT SEE; BLIND STAMP: front, lwr. r. (no ink embossed):
Accession Number:  UM 2018.14
Credit Line:Gift of the artist
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

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Artist Statement:

"The Eye/Mind Set suite of lithographs was produced during my residency at The Print Club of Philadelphia in 1989. I had just made my first trips to the granite quarries of Vermont; the textural parallel is obvious. The four objects depicted have varied origins: a fat, poorly drawn apothecary vessel from a drugstore sign in Philadelphia; a Morton Thiokol rocket engine; a short, sharped pencil; and a hive-like threaded-spool identical to those I was having fabricated of granite in Vermont. I've worked a few subtleties on the four images so that their scale is indeterminate. They can be of a size to be held in the hand, on the scale of monuments, or on the massive scale of architecture (there is a small entry-way in the base of each).

I was obsessed at the time by a mysterious verse in a poem by Emily Dickinson, only four lines long. Each line captions the bottom of the print." Robert Cumming


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