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An Interview with Mungo Thomson

Mungo Thomson, Human Behavior (2015), screenprint, image 42 1/8 x 37 1/8 inches, sheet 54 x 43 1/4 inches. Edition of 10. Printed and published by Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis, MN. Photo: David Kern.

Los Angeles-based artist Mungo Thomson has recently completed an ambitious new project at Highpoint Editions in Minneapolis. Thomson’s work is deeply rooted in the legacy of conceptual art …Read More

The Birds

Kiki Smith, In a Bower (2015), color etching and aquatint with hand coloring, 33 3/4 x 44 1/2 inches. Edition of 18. Printed and published by Harlan & Weaver, New York.

The prints of John James Audubon are a familiar presence at fairs that cater to historic works on paper, but Audubon’s ghost seemed to walk the halls of the New York print fairs in November with unusual vigor …Read More

An Undiscovered State of Albrecht Dürer’s Large Cannon

Fig 1. Albrecht Dürer, detail from The Large Cannon (1518), state i/iii, iron etching, 22 x 32.2 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Albrecht Dürer’s graphic oeuvre includes some 100 copperplates, 360 woodcuts, 3 drypoints and 6 iron etchings. The last of the latter is The Large Cannon, which is famous not only for Dürer’s use of the new technique of etching …Read More

Drawing in the Dirt at the Feet of Christ: Rembrandt

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, detail from Christ Preaching (La petite Tombe) (ca. 1652), etching, engraving, and drypoint on laid paper, 15.5 x 20.8 cm. Image courtesy C.G. Boerner, New York.

Rembrandt’s etching of Christ preaching (the so-called La petite Tombe) is a fairly common, though much celebrated, print that clearly had wide appeal during the artist’s lifetime. It compresses the qualities that the more overtly theatrical and legendary Hundred Guilder Print …Read More

A Chinese Letter Paper from 1644 (and 1952)

Unknown artist, detail from Burning Debts (焚券) (1952), muban shuiyin (Chinese watermark woodblock) on Xuan Zhi, page size 31.2 x 21.2 cm. Reproduction of the 1644 print published by Hu Zhengyan, Nanjing.

This is a detail of a Chinese woodblock print titled Burning Debts (焚券). It is the central portion of the first print in the fourth and final volume of a catalog, Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Letter Papers …Read More

The Beauty of Line and Spit in William Hogarth

William Hogarth, detail from Plate 3 from A Rake’s Progress (1753), etching and engraving, 35 x 40.4 cm. British Museum, London. ©Trustees of the British Museum.

Hogarth’s series of “Modern Moral Subjects”—Harlot’s Progress, Rake’s Progress and Marriage A-la-Mode—have always been admired for their vivid storytelling. As he said himself they were like plays, with each painting or engraving …Read More

Finding Rome in Piranesi’s Rome

Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s views of Rome form a dramatic repository of the city’s ancient monuments. The crumbling palaces, ruined gardens, modified arches, broken aqueducts and patched-up bridges, with their labeled parts and explanatory legends below, have been a reference point …Read More