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Philip Taaffe

Lineament Monotypes, 1990

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Monotype, each unique,
Lithographic ink on Japanese paper,
made in Naples 1990,
19 1/2 x 15 3/4” (49,5 x 40 cm),
Ed. of 55, signed and numbered

Mining abstraction. A series of sixty ornamental abstract monotypes reveals the exponential permutations and combinations of color and form contained in the obdurate arabesque of the lineament.


“Taaffe’s paintings are suffused with abandoned architecture, perambulations left open, fraught with possibilities—not closed, limited, bounded, imprisoned, like the grid. Tying ribbons around the bars of Western abstraction, he undermines stability with pinwheels, rotation, movement, access.” Jeff Perrone Parkett No. 26, 1990