Most of the leading California artists of the second half of the twentieth century, from Wayne Thiebaud to David Hockney and Ed Ruscha, were both painters and printmakers. Printmaking flourished thanks to the establishment of print workshops where artists could benefit from the technical know-how and inventiveness of expert printers.The most notable were Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, founded in 1960; Crown Point Press in San Francisco, founded in 1962; Gemini G. E. L. in Los Angeles, founded in 1966; and Cirrus Editions, also in Los Angeles, founded in 1970. Drawn from the museum’s own print holdings and some local private collections, this exhibition is an anthology of outstanding works by California printmakers of the period.For those unfamiliar with printmaking processes, it also serves as an introduction to the various techniques involved—lithography, screenprinting, etching, and so on. The main printmaking terms are briefly explained in a glossary available in the galleries.February 22 – May 31, 2015
Xu Bing’s first solo presentation in Los Angeles explores the artist’s two-decade-long career. One of the most active and influential Chinese artists living today, Xu Bing received his training in the Printmaking Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. Book from the Sky, an installation of books and scrolls printed with more than 4,000 fake Chinese characters, captivated the burgeoning art community in China in the mid-1980s. Since then, Xu has been investigating the significance and meaning of language.
Online entry opens December 10, 2014 Deadline closes May 8, 2015JurorWillie ColeThroughout our 68 year history The Boston Printmakers has upheld the highest traditional standards in the field of printmaking, while continually looking toward the future, by embracing innovative and diverse contemporary printmaking media and methods. Willie Cole, as juror for the 2015 North American Printmaking Biennial, is a refection of those values. Mr. Cole, an inventive printmaker, has work in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum as well as scores of international public and private collections. That he works in many media including found object sculpture, drawing and painting in addition to lithography, woodcut and digital printmaking reflects the inclusiveness of printmaking by artists today.DOWNLOAD PROSPECTUS HEREEntries accepted: December 10, 2014– May 8, 2015,APPLY HERE ON CAFEBiennial VenueThe Boston Printmakers 2015 North American Print Biennial is honored to be one of the inaugural exhibitions at The Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University College of Arts and Design, Cambridge, MassachusettsCalendar 2015Dec 10, 2014 Application process opens at CaFEMay 8, 2015 Application process closesJun 15 Notifications emailedAug 24 – Sep 19* Shipped work must be received (*from outside U.S. by Aug 31)Sep 19 Hand delivered work must be receivedNov 8 Opening reception and eventsDec 12 Exhibition closesDec 13 Pick up of hand delivered workDec 14 Return of shipped workPrizeOver $10,000 is available in juror-designated purchase prizes and materials awards. The Boston Printmakers’ purchase prizes are placed into permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; and the Boston Printmakers Collection at the Boston Public Library. Additionally, this show generates a large number of sales through Patron and public purchases.EligibilityNorth American artists 18 years and older are eligible to enter. Original, innovative works in all printmaking media are eligible. Photographs, offset reproductions, or reproductions of artwork originally produced in another medium will not be considered. Submitted work may not have been exhibited in any other Boston Printmakers exhibition. “The North American Print Biennial, can answer any and all questions about the state of printmaking today…printmaking is alive, well, and thriving…. ”-Roberta Waddell, Curator Emerita, The New York Public LibraryThe Boston Printmakers is GOING GREEEN: To receive future mailings PLEASE JOIN OUR EMAILING LIST at www.bostonprintmakers.org
The Last Hurrah at the Blue Whale, A look back at the LA Print Space, Printmaking residencies at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica a Venezia and LessedraGet your Interleaf for Summer of 2014 hereInterleaf Summer 2014
Join us for the last show at the LA PRINT SPACE of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. This is a juried membership show presenting work of the varied talents of our accomplished artist members. Work for the show was selected by juror, Judy Chan for this final exhibition at the LA Print Space.More on Last Hurrah at the Blue Whale on our event page
The last quarter of the 19th century brought profound changes in Japan as it transformed from a feudal society into a modern nation. Japanese artists went through equally fundamental changes as new theories were introduced from the other side of the world through books, magazines and increased travel by both Japanese and Westerners.In the field of woodblock prints, the traditional ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) of the Edo and Meiji periods fell by the wayside, in favor of reinvigorated forms of printmaking as a means of artistic expression. Known as sosaku hanga(creative prints), artists in this group attempted to bridge “fine art,” a newly introduced Western concept, and “craft.” Breaking away from the so-called ukiyo-e quartet system involving artists, carvers, printers and publishers, the artists in this movement designed, cut and printed their own images. Artists in the sosaku hanga movement found great inspiration from magazines that introduced the theories and styles of movements such as Impressionism, Art Nouveau and Avant-garde. On the other side of the spectrum, the shin hanga (new prints) movement endeavored to revitalize traditional ukiyo-e by maintaining the quartet system.Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962), the driving force behind shin hanga, published prints by the artists he represented utilizing traditionally trained carvers and printers. Guided by this influential advocate, shin hanga artists embraced the past yet modernized their images to appeal to the Western audience and compete against the more Western-oriented sosaku hanga.Closely tracking with the significant developments in Japanese political and social spheres of the early 20th century, the exhibition presents examples of shin hangaand sosaku hanga side-by-side in order to bring their shared aspects into focus for visitors, as well as their distinguishing characteristics. Major artists of the shin andsosaku hanga movements, including Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida, Ito Shinsui, Kiyoshi Saito and Munakata Shiko, are included in two complete six-month rotations.April 25, 2014 through April 19, 2015In the The Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese ArtSPECIAL EVENT Saturday, Sept. 20th from 2:00 to 4:00 pmat the USC Pacific Asian Museum Pasadena. In conjuction with new exhibition, a demonstration of block print technique that includes separation proofs, progressive proofs and the carved blocks.