Why Prints Now? An Introduction

We are very pleased that the dialogue initiated in Peter Parshall’s Inaugural Lecture for the Association of Print Scholars, “Why Study Prints Now?,” continues in this issue of Art in Print. In his talk, Parshall addressed issues that were central to the founding of our organization. With insights commensurate with his decades of scholarly concentration on prints, Parshall simultaneously crafted an informative historiography of print studies, and suggested a possible path forward for print scholarship in the 21st century.

The Association of Print Scholars (APS) was founded to encourage collaboration between the different forms of expertise in the extended print community. We hoped APS would help forge a prominent place for prints within art historical scholarship as a whole, and encourage innovative studies about the history of prints and printmaking across boundaries of media.

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