Untitled by Beverly Pepper, 1964

Untitled by Beverly Pepper, 1964

Photo by Chuck Heiney

Although etching has a long and illustrious history, Pepper pushed the boundaries of the materials and process in an important series of prints. Rather than etching into a metal plate, she allowed metal plates to actively rust and printed both the rust and shapes of the metal on to the paper. The compositions are bold, but the tonal variations of burnt reds and umbers are exceptional. The relationship between these prints and Pepper's abstract metal sculpture of the period is remarkably close.

Beverly Pepper. Untitled, 1964. Etching on paper, 18 ½ x 25 inches. Gift of the artist. ©Beverly Pepper