It’s not that I don’t like lithographs. It’s that their flatness makes them, well, fall flat (see what I did there?). I mean, they are called planographic for a reason, right? Planographic printing means printing from a flat surface, as opposed to a raised surface or incised surface, like you get with intaglio (incised) and woodcut (relief). Maybe it’s because I don’t quite understand the chemical ins and outs of the process. It's magic. If asked, I respond with the oft-stated “it’s based on the principle that oil and water don’t mix.” Hardly a descriptive explanation.
But, really, lithographs are totally cool because an artist can draw directly on the stone or aluminum plate (and can transfer a photographic image as well). The ability to produce a print that looks like a drawing is pretty darned awesome.
There have been spectacular examples of lithographs since its invention by Alois Senefelder sometime in the 1790s. Great lithographs that pop to mind include Honoré Daumier’s Rue Transnonain, le 15 Avril 1834; Théodore Gericault’s Boxers, 1818; any poster by Alphonse Mucha or Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; any lithograph by Käthe Kollwitz; New York scenes by George Bellows; regionalist scenes by Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood; New England scenes by Stow Wengenroth; any experiments by Robert Blackburn; and of course, Robert Rauschenberg’s Accident, 1963.
But back to the cornucopia of prints offered at the London Original Print Fair. Please enjoy day 3/5 of selections from www.londonoriginalprintfair.com. Remember these are presented alphabetically by dealer meaning the prints will appear in a rather random order. Today we start with G (Gilden’s Art Gallery) and go through K (Kunstverket Galleri).
Here is #LondonOriginalPrintFair Curator's Choice 3/5.
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A small corner of the interwebs to share thoughts on objects I acquired for the Baltimore Museum of Art's collection, research I've done on Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17, experiments in intaglio printmaking, and the Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair.