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Like Johnny Appleseed, but with Prints: Jennifer Farrell speaks with Jordan Schnitzer

Installation view: “Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His FamilyFoundation,” Portland Art Museum, 2016. Image courtesy Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

One of the nation’s foremost collectors of contemporary prints and multiples, Jordan Schnitzer has made his collection—now encompassing more than 10,000 works of art—the center of a broad program of travelling exhibitions, publications, lectures, classes and symposia throughout the country Read More

Inter-Collected: The Shared History of the Print Club and Museum Collection

Gerald K. Geerlings, Electrical Building at Night, Chicago Fair (ca. 1933), drypoint, 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches. Smithsonian American Art Museum; Gift of the Chicago Society of Etchers.1935.13.417.

In the early 20th century, a great number of print clubs were formed across the United States—in New York and California, Ohio, Illinois and Kansas. Each worked, in its own way, to advance the art of printmaking Read More

Spring 2017 New York Auction Roundup

Joan Miró, Strip-Tease (1959), two impressions: etching and aquatints in colors, image 7 3/4 x 11 5/8 inches each, sheet 11 x 15 inches and 12 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches. One with extensive printing annotations in pencil by Miró, and one signed and annotated ‘H.C.’ in pencil (a working proof and one of several hors commerce impressions, the edition was 75). Printed by Crommelynck et Dutrou, Paris. Published by Maeght, Paris. Image courtesy of Phillips / Phillips.com.

Phillips kicked off the spring sales on 18 April with a selection of works from the collection of master printer Piero Crommelynck, including a number of unique working proofs and B.A.T. impressions. A set of three progressive state etchings of Picasso’s Meninas (1973) Read More

Small Apartments and Big Dreams: Print Collecting in the Fin de Siècle

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, The Street, poster for the printer Charles Verneau (1896), color lithograph on wove paper, image 234.5 x 296 cm, sheet 242 x 299 cm. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij.

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, which opened in 1973, has been collecting French fin-de-siècle prints since 2000, when it purchased around 800 prints and artists’ books from Richard Feldhaus, a German private collector. The print department now holds some 1,800 works from this period Read More

Postermania: Advertising, Domesticated

Alphonse Mucha, Gismonda (1894-1895), lithograph in five colors on two sheets, 213 x 75 cm. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

On 1 January 1895, when Alphonse Mucha’s poster depicting Sarah Bernhardt in the title role of Gismonda appeared for the first time on the hoardings of Paris, it caused a sensation. The strange name of this mysterious artist was suddenly on everyone’s lips, and eager collectors snatched Gismonda off the walls. Read More

An Artist Collects

Scheuchzer, Physica Sacra, Genesis, Tab. II, after designs by Johann Melchior Fussli (ca. 1731), engraving, 13 3/4 x 9 inches. Collection of the author.

I attended college in Main Line Philadelphia, not far from the former location of the Barnes Foundation, which I visited frequently. I recognized in the Barnes collection not only the magnificence of its holdings Read More

Secrets of the Real Thing: Building a Collection as a Graduate Student

Fig. 1. Embellissements de Paris. – Percement de la butte des Moulins avec l’ouverture de l’avenue Napoléon, perpendiculaire à la façade du nouvel Opéra et aboutissant au Théâtre-Français. Vue prise de la Toiture du foyer du nouvel Opéra [Embellishments of Paris. – Piercing of the Butte des Moulins with the opening of the Napoleon Avenue, perpendicular to the façade of the new Opera and leading to the French theater. View taken from the foyer roof of the new Opera], reproduced from Le Monde Illustré, 27 March 1869.

I never intended to be a collector. As a doctoral candidate in art history working on Honoré Daumier and Haussmannization, I thought I would be able to do most of my image research with online databases Read More

To Serve the Common Good: The Grinnell College Art Collection

Installation view: “Crossing the Line: Selections from the Grinnell College Art Collection,” Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, 2017.

Grinnell College, a highly ranked private institution in central Iowa, was founded by abolitionists in 1846. This foundation in civil rights continues to inform its mission: the college aims to prepare its students to “serve the common good” and work toward social justice. Read More

A Socially Acceptable Form of Addiction

Tom Huck, Dollar Dance (2001), woodcut, 52 x 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Print collecting is a socially acceptable form of addiction. It can come to dominate one’s life, demanding time, travel and money. So it has been with us, since shortly after we married in 1959. As newlyweds we lived in northern New Jersey while John was in the Army, and we spent time in New York City exploring the art scene Read More