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Sue Fuller (American, 1914-2006), "Fabulous City", soft-ground etching, 1949, printed 1985, on wove paper, signed

Sue Fuller (American, 1914-2006), "Fabulous City", soft-ground etching, 1949, printed 1985, on wove paper, signed

Item Description:

On wove paper, signed and dated in pencil lower right, titled in pencil lower center and inscribed "Studio Proof" in pencil lower left, apart from the edition of approximately 50 printed in 1985, published by the artist, and printed by Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, with full margins, the printer's blind stamp lower right.

Exhibition History:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 29, 2002 - January 26, 2003.


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Private collection of Cheryl Pelavin, 1985.


Height 15.75 in. x Width 19.25 in. (plate)

Height 22 in. x Width 30 in. (sheet)

About The Artist:

Sue Fuller is most well-known for her string compositions and soft-ground etchings. Fuller studied at Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, and at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Fuller worked with Hans Hofmann as well as with Stanley William Hayter at his studio, Atelier 17. Under Hayter's aegis, she began experimenting with printmaking and intaglio techniques that made use of textiles to create pattern and texture.

Intaglio printing is a printmaking process whereby images are printed from ink held in the recessed or incised areas of the plate. Etching is a specific intaglio process that uses acid to incise the plate.

Fuller's work is most readily associated with the New York modernist, Constructivist, and Abstract Expressionist artists with whom she worked closely.

Fuller has had solo exhibitions at venues across the US and abroad, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (1951), the Smithsonian Institution (1947), the Nishi Machi School, Tokyo, (1954), and the Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas (1956). Her works reside in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Tate Gallery.

This work illustrates Fuller's fascination with and study of geometry. It is highly graphic and employs sharp diagonals, swirling arabesques, and an all-over woven or grid pattern. The trappings of the urban landscape, namely the remaining representational elements, are overcome by a roaring matrix. The result is both surreal and futuristic.

"Fabulous City" was included in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition entitled "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection" (2002-03).


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Sue Fuller (American, 1914-2006), "Fabulous City", soft-ground etching, 1949, printed 1985, on wove paper, signed

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