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Shellshock and Awe

  • "World War I and the Visual Arts"

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, Banking at 4,000 Feet (1917), lithograph, image 40.3 x 31.8 cm, sheet 51.1 x 40 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Reba and Dave Williams Gift, 1998.

“World War I and the Visual Arts,” organized by Jennifer Farrell, associate curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings, represented the Met’s main commemoration of the centennial of the American entry into World War I on 6 April 1917 Read More

Memory Work: Louise Bourgeois

  • "Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait"

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York

Louise Bourgeois, plate 8 of 9 from the illustrated book Ode à Ma Mère (1995), drypoint, 30 x 30 cm. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist. ©2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York.

As curator for many years at the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, and eventually the department’s chief, Deborah Wye is well-known in the print world for the many landmark exhibitions she shepherded there Read More

The Superhero in the Archive: Black Pulp!

  • "Black Pulp!"

  • University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL

Installation view: “Black Pulp!” (2017), University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL.

Recent protests against white supremacy and Confederate monuments in the American south have made it clear that the complexities of our history continue to influence and confound contemporary perspectives on race, rights and equality Read More

American Dreaming in London

  • "The American Dream: pop to the present"

  • The British Museum

Jasper Johns, Flags I (1973), color screenprint, 69.9 cm x 88.9 cm. Gift of Johanna and Leslie Garfield, on loan from the American Friends of the British Museum. ©Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016. ©Tom Powel Imaging.

“The American Dream” is the eagerly awaited survey of American prints at the British Museum curated by Stephen Coppel. Over eight years in the making, the exhibition follows upon the museum’s 2008 exhibition, “The American Scene; Prints from Hopper to Pollock Read More

Martin Puryear at the Smithsonian

  • "Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions"

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Martin Puryear, Quadroon (1966–67), soft ground etching and aquatint with plate tone monotype on paper, 22 1/4 x 22 inches. ©Martin Puryear. Courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery.

Martin Puryear has long been recognized for his meticulously crafted, quixotic and evocative sculptures, but his consummate skills as a draftsman and printmaker have been less celebrated, and indeed, prior to the arrival of the exhibition “Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions,” Read More

An American in Paris

  • "Encore sous pression (Still Under Pressure): Atelier Michael Woolworth, Paris"

  • Le Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, La Louvière, Belgium

Jim Dine, Cheval Blanc Poem (2015), woodcut, power-tool abrasions and hand-painted acrylic, 170 x 124 cm. Edition of 10. Printed by Atelier Michael Woolworth, Paris. Published by Alan Cristea, London.

Long may he live!” is the spirited close to director Catherine de Braekeleer’s preface, printed in the catalogue and posted on the walls, for the Atelier Michael Woolworth retrospective at the Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée in La Louvière Read More

Hercules Segers

  • "Hercules Segers"

  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • "The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers"

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Hercules Segers, Mountain Valley with Fenced Fields (ca. 1615–1630), etching, 22.5 x 28.9 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Few printmakers are as legendary as the Dutch artist Hercules Segers (1589/90–after 1633). His rare and mysterious etchings seem caught out of time—works of an eccentric genius who operated outside the normal bounds of place and era Read More

Barrier Riff: Gfeller + Hellsgård in Austin

  • "Christian Gfeller and Anna Hellsgård: Die Wand / Die Mauer"

  • Fieldwork, Visual Art Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Christian Gfeller & Anna Hellsgard, Die Wand/Die Mauer (2016), screenprint on plywood, each approximately 8 x 12 x 3 feet. Unique objects. Printed by the artists. Published by UT Guest Artist in Print Program, Austin.

In “Die Wand / Die Mauer,” Christian Gfeller and Anna Hellsgård used freestanding, screenprinted billboards to slice up the Fieldwork project space inside the University of Texas at Austin Visual Arts Center. Three eight-foot-tall, twelve-foot-wide walls were arranged in parallel, cutting diagonally through the room Read More

From Tabletop to Eternity: Andrew Raftery’s Plates

  • "Andrew Raftery: Autobiography of a Garden"

  • RYAN LEE, New York

Installation view: “Andrew Raftery: Autobiography of a Garden,” Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, 2016. Courtesy of RYAN LEE, New York.

Andrew Raftery’s group of twelve transferware plates, entitled The Autobiography of a Garden, is an inventive amalgam of several time-honored art practices. The series combines the artist’s passion for 19th-century transferware Read More

Richard Pousette-Dart’s Flurries of Invention

  • "Altered States: The Etchings of Richard Pousette-Dart"

  • Del Deo & Barzune, New York

Richard Pousette-Dart, Black Moving (1979), etching with acrylic mounted on card, image 8 x 10 inches, sheet 14 x 15 7/8 inches. Art ©2017 Richard Pousette-Dart. The Richard Pousette-Dart Estate / Artist’s Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Del Deo & Barzune, New York.

The recent exhibition “Altered States” at Del Deo & Barzune in New York has brought together for the first time a group of etchings that Richard Pousette-Dart (1916–1992) produced between 1974 and 1980 Read More

Rocky Shores

  • "Leah Beeferman: Cold Color"

  • Rawson Projects, New York

Leah Beeferman, Spectrums 1 (2016), digital C-print, 32 x 48 inches. Courtesy the artist and Rawson Projects, New York.

The prints in Leah Beeferman’s recent exhibition, “Cold Color,” at New York’s Rawson Projects update time-honored conventions of landscape painting and photography to address our increasingly mediated relationship with nature Read More

Poetic Visions and Dead Elephants in Geneva

  • "Gérald Cramer et ses artistes. Chagall, Miró, Moore"

  • Cabinet d’arts graphiques du Musée d’art et Histoire, Geneva

Installation view: “Gérald Cramer et ses artistes. Chagall, Miró, Moore,” Cabinet d’arts graphiques du Musée d’art et Histoire, Geneva, 2016–2017.

This valuable exhibition celebrates the art of the print publisher, here in the person of Gérald Cramer, who over a period of 40 years worked with many of the major figures of European modern art. Beginning as a bookseller in Geneva in the 1930s Read More

Stepping out of Raphael’s Shadow

  • "Marcantonio Raimondi and Raphael"

  • The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK

Marcantonio Raimondi, Il Sogno (The Dream of Raphael, ca. 1509), engraving, 23.5 x 33.5 cm, The Syndics of the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, P.5380-R ©Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

“Raphael’s engraver.” The title has simultaneously assured Marcantonio Raimondi’s (ca. 1480–ca. 1534) status as the preeminent Italian Renaissance printmaker and overshadowed the recognition of his independent artistic proficiency Read More

Sharpened Imagination: Creative Printmakers in Japan

  • "Hanga Now: Contemporary Japanese Printmakers"

  • University of Saint Joseph Art Museum West Hartford, CT

Hamanishi Katsunori, Japanese Classic Calendar (2015), mezzotint printed in color, each panel 59.6 x 36.1 cm (quadriptych). Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT. Purchase with a gift from Edwina Bosco ’50. ©Hamanishi Katsunori.

Attenuated lines, shimmering gilding, gossamer textures and deft compositions suffused the exhibition “Hanga Now: Contemporary Japanese Printmakers” at the University of Saint Joseph in Hartford. More than 60 woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and monotypes by 35 artists Read More

Ironic Columns and Cynical Structures: Ania Jaworska at MCA Chicago

  • "BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Ania Jaworska"

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Ania Jaworska, Saint from A Subjective Catalog of Columns (2015), screenprint on folio paper, 55.9 x 76.2 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition of prints and sculpture by Ania Jaworska was the first in its ongoing series on artists working in Chicago to feature an architect, and the first solo show for Jaworska Read More

Matisse Bound and Unbound

  • "Graphic Passion: Matisse and the Book Arts"

  • Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Henri Matisse, linocut illustration and initial in Henry de Montherlant, Pasiphaé, Chant de Minos (Les Crétois) (Paris: Martin Fabiani, 1944). Frances and Michael Baylson Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum. ©2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Graham S. Haber, 2015.

The Morgan Library and Museum’s remarkable exhibition on Henri Matisse’s book works provided a wide-ranging, in-depth view of his achievements in the realm of the artist’s book and, perhaps surprisingly to some viewers, more commercial types of publication Read More

New Light on Degas’ Dark Dramas

  • "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty"

  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Café-Concert Singer (Chanteuse de café-concert) (ca. 1877), monotype on paper mounted on board, image 18.5 x 12.8 cm, sheet 23.5 x 18 cm. Private collection.

The recently concluded once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Degas monotypes at the Museum of Modern Art accomplished something rare among ambitious monographic shows: alongside works of unqualified greatness, it gave space to imperfect, experimental efforts Read More

Meditations on Air: Degas at MoMA

  • "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty"

  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, On the Street (Dans la rue) (1876–1877), monotype on China paper, image 16.2 x 12.2 cm. Collection of Mrs. Martin Atlas.

While I was walking through the exhibition of Degas monotypes at MoMA, examining those interior spaces he was able to evoke, it occurred to me that his real subject was air—that Degas had chosen monotype because it is best suited to catching the ephemeral Read More

Prints in the Gateway City

  • "Printmaking in St. Louis Now"

  • The Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis, MO

Joan Hall, Acid Ocean (2012), printed, cut, pulp painted, hand-formed paper, Mylar, acrylic and cast resin pins made with sand and beach detritus, fibers: abaca, kozo, gampi, 64 x 245 x 18 inches (variable dimensions). Courtesy of the artist.

Comprising works by 29 artists and 5 presses, “Printmaking in St. Louis Now” was a testament to the liveliness of contemporary art in St. Louis generally, and specifically to the city’s continued engagement with print Read More

On Paper, on Chairs: Barbara Kasten

  • "Barbara Kasten: Stages"

  • Graham Foundation, Chicago

Barbara Kasten, Figure/Chair (1973), three diazotypes on newsprint, 22 x 17 and 17 x 22 inches each. Graham Foundation, Chicago, 2015. Photo: RCH | EKH.

For those who know Barbara Kasten’s meticulously staged, cinematic photographs, the recent retrospective organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia held surprises Read More