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The View from District Six

Lionel Davis, Mosque District Six (ca. 1980s), linocut, 65 x 46.5cm. Image courtesy the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt.

South Africa’s strong history of printmaking has involved many centers of print production. Under Apartheid, organizations such as the Evangelical Lutheran Center’s Rorke’s Drift (1962–1982) in present day KwaZulu-Natal and the Community Arts Project (1975–2008) in Cape Town provided vital opportunities for artists of color who were often denied access to educational and professional situations Read More

A French Raphael: Alexandre Tardieu’s engraving after Raphael’s St. Michael Vanquishing Satan (1806)

Fig. 1. Pierre Alexandre Tardieu, after Raphael, Saint Michael Vanquishing Satan/ St. Michel terrassant Satan (1806), engraving and etching, 45.2 x 29.7 cm, published in Musée Français, vol.III. ©Trustees of the British Museum.

Pierre Alexandre Tardieu (1756–1844), one of the most celebrated French engravers of the early 19th century, presented his engraving after Raphael’s St. Michael Vanquishing Satan (1518) at the Salon of 1806, where it was highly praised (Fig. 1). The following year it was published in the third volume of Le Musée Français, Read More

Voices in Print: Grenfell Press

David Storey, Untitled (1999), linoleum cuts, 31 7/8 x 16/ 13 inches and for 31 7/8 x 13 7/16/ 16 inches. Edition of 15. Printed and published by Grenfell Press, New York.

David Storey I thought a good way to start our conversation this morning about Grenfell Press would be to find out a little bit about just how everything started—how you got going as Grenfell Press Read More

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