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What I Like About Prints

Leo Steinberg (1968). Photo: Mark Feldstein.

Possessing one of the most original and influential art historical minds of the 20th century, Leo Steinberg (1920–2011) wrote deeply and revealingly on subjects ranging from Michelangelo to Picasso, and from the theology of the Incarnation in Renaissance art Read More

Manet’s Absinthe Drinker

Fig. 1. Édouard Manet, The Absinthe Drinker (1858–59/1867–72), oil on canvas 180.5 x 105.6 cm. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

Why did Édouard Manet choose to send an almost life-size painting of an alcoholic vagrant to the prestigious Paris Salon in 1859 (Fig. 1)? It was his first attempt at the Salon, and it failed. At 27, having left the studio of Thomas Couture in 1856 Read More

South African Impressions

Dan Rakgoathe, Cosmic Trinity (1974), linocut, 36.5 x 36.5 cm. Johannesburg Art Gallery, PELMAMA Permanent Art Collection. Image courtesy of The Haenggi Foundation.

What began as a vacation to South Africa last summer swiftly, and probably inevitably, morphed into an opportunity to learn about the country’s robust printmaking culture. I am by no means a specialist in South African art and this survey is simply an introduction Read More

Art in Art in Print No. 7: Kate McCrickard, Drinkers (2017)

Kate McCrickard, Barflies from Drinkers (2017), oil paint on Japanese paper with frottage, traced monotype and painted monotype, 38 x 33 cm. Unique image. Printed by the artist, Paris.

Art in Art in Print is an irregular, ongoing series of projects in which artists create art within the journal—not a piece of art that exists somewhere else and is reproduced in the journal, but a project designed specifically for the material, technological and social context of Art in Print. Read More

Edvard Munch’s Use and Abuse of Alcohol

Fig. 1. Edvard Munch, Hans Jæger (1889), oil on canvas, 109 x 84 cm (Woll 174). The National Museum, Oslo, NG.M.00485.

In the second half of the 19th century, drinking was acknowledged as a serious social problem in Norway, and a temperance movement was gaining strength in many parts of the country Read More

Hogarth’s Midnight Modern Conversation

William Hogarth, A Midnight Modern Conversation (1732), etching and engraving, 38.3 x 52.1 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Sarah Lazarus, 1891.

William Hogarth’s engraving A Midnight Modern Conversation is perhaps the most misunderstood of the artist’s prints, and this has been the case since it was first published in 1733 Read More

Tucker Nichols: Something Beyond the Truth

Tucker Nichols, Office Chat (2014), risograph print distributed at Facebook Headquarters during residency, 11 x 17 inches. Courtesy the artist and Facebook AIR.

Tucker Nichols’s studio is located in an unassuming office building in San Rafael, California, in Marin County north of San Francisco. Natural light pours in through windows overlooking a tree-lined small-town commercial street with cafes Read More

Manville in Martini Land

Detail of page from Saloon Society: The Diary of a Year Beyond Aspirin (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce,1960). Collection of the International Center of Photography Library, New York. Photo: Elliott Mickleburgh.

Saloon Society: The Diary of a Year Beyond Aspirin By Bill Manville, photographs by David Attie, book design by Alexey Brodovitch 124 pages Published by Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1960 Read More