The White Wheel of W.T.H.

about 1967
John E. Dowell (American, born in 1941)


Dimensions

Platemark: 45.7 x 60.9 cm (18 x 24 in.) Sheet: 56.2 x 71.1 cm (22 1/8 x 28 in.)

Accession Number

2005.389

Medium or Technique

Etching and aquatint

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Visual artist and Jazz musician John Dowell studied printmaking at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in the 1960s, and now heads the Printmaking Division at Temple University in Philadelphia. His abstract prints and drawings often serve as visual equivalents of musical ideas, and can function as a “score” from which musicians take inspiration to improvise in live performance. The title of this enigmatic print refers to an incident in 1967 at a bar in West Terre Haute, Indiana, where Dowell, invited out by some of his students for an evening of music, found that black patrons were not welcome.

Inscription

In graphite, l.l.: 16/20; b.c.: "THE WHITE WHEEL OF W.T.H."; l.r.: John E. Dowell

Signed

signed

Provenance

the artist, from whom purchased September 21, 2005

Credit Line

Lee M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

© John E. Dowell, Jr.