Printmaking Today: An Introduction to the Graphic Arts

Printmaking Today: An Introduction to the Graphic Arts

Printmaking Today: An Introduction to the Graphic Arts

Printmaking Today: An Introduction to the Graphic Arts

Excerpt

A sensitive, intelligent art educator preparing for an informal talk on "Printmaking Today" closets himself in his study, picks up his favorite art journal, and settles down to read the lead article, Renaissance in the Fine Print. After skimming the third paragraph, lips pursed, head nodding almost imperceptibly in a sort of syncopated gait, he seems to swallow with difficulty, clutches the journal in his tensed fists, and stares fixedly at words like "nervously worked lucite surface," "cellocut," and "plaster print." Tossing the periodical across the room, he moves to his desk and writes a letter to a printmaker friend for clarification . . .

Brooks Arnauld, internationally respected print collector, slowly paces the current exhibition of prints in the gallery, searching new talent. The well-groomed, stocky figure pauses before new works of artists already in his possession, analyzing, evaluating, judging their qualities in relation to those in THE COLLECTION. From time to time he writes codelike references on the crisp catalog of the exhibition with a small gold pencil. Suddenly, he stops transfixed before a large print on the wall. Neither his great knowledge of technique nor the handsome catalog aid him in understanding how this work was accomplished. That queasy feeling in the pit of his stomach comes again and again as he finds other prints employing still more unusual techniques. Hurriedly, he leaves the gallery and repairs to his sanctum sanctorum to write a letter to a printmaker friend for clarification . . .

With humility, I submit this book about fine prints. I hope it proves useful to art students, professional artists, print collectors, and laymen . . .

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