No. 11: Dennison by Mario Laplante

Mario Laplante, Dennison (2014).

My first impression of Mario Laplante's Dennison was of myriad small parts coalescing into an organized field, as if the gravitational force of the central mass had pulled all of these moments of color into its orbit. I was reminded of early cosmologies, in which every sphere of existence is depicted in as many concentric circles. Read More

The Early Prints of Marcus Rees Roberts

Marcus Rees Roberts, The Dour Life I (1980), etching and aquatint, image 19.5 x 15.5 cm. Edition of 6. Printed by the artist, London and Edinburgh. Image courtesy of Pratt Contemporary, London.

Though he remains little known in the United States, Marcus Rees Roberts has for four decades been one of the most challenging and rewarding British artists working in print. The recent etchings for which he is best known, like By the Black Window (2014), are characterized by ambiguity and poetic compression, their sources and allusions veiled in dense and brooding ink. Read More

Life and Death

Matthew Day Jackson, LIFE, June 5th 1944 (2014).

A one-time printmaking major, Matthew Day Jackson has often embedded printmaking in his multivalent art practice, which includes activities from drag racing to sculpture and collage. Found or self-generated printed material has been a frequent starting point for his two-dimensional work Read More

The Equestrian Portrait Prints of Wenceslaus Hollar

Fig. 1. Matthäus Merian, Equestrian Portrait of James I with a view of London (1621), engraving, 34 x 24.7 cm. Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin.

Wenceslaus Hollar (1607 Prague–1677 London) was one of the most accomplished and prolific graphic artists of the 17th century, working around the same time as other notable etchers such as Stefano della Bella, Jacques Callot and Rembrandt. Hollar was both an original and reproductive printmaker, making prints after his own designs and others’. Read More

Ellen Heck

Ellen Heck, Anna as Frida from Forty Fridas (2011-2012).

Since the International Print Biennale was established in Newcastle (UK) in 2009, the Victoria &Albert Museum has awarded a prize: an online essay about the prize-winning work, written by myself as senior curator of prints, in return for which the artist is asked to donate a piece to the museum’s permanent collection. Read More

José Antonio Suárez Londoño

José Antonio Suárez Londoño, plate from The Herkimer Suite (detail) (2014). Courtesy Harlan & Weaver, Inc., New York.

In May 2014, Colombian artist José Antonio Suárez Londoño was living in an apartment on Herkimer Street in Brooklyn while he worked on a project with printers Felix Harlan and Carol Weaver that would eventually take on the name of the street. Read More

John Armleder

John Armleder, Ancient Imperial Horses (2014).

John Cage once wrote that the reason to compose music (and by extension, make art) was not “to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply [as] a way of waking up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one…lets it act of its own accord.” Read More

Richard Bosman

Three new relief prints from Tandem Press extend Richard Bosman’s exploration of the drama of travel, particularly at sea. The theme was established in his first print publications in 1981, which included the iconic woodcut Man Overboard. Read More