Thirty-five Years at Crown Point Press

Thirty-five Years at Crown Point Press

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Crown Point Press in San Francisco, founded in 1962 by Kathan Brown, is a world-renowned center of contemporary printmaking. It has published work by such major figures as Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Sol LeWitt, and Wayne Thiebaud, while bringing to attention prints by many younger artists, including April Gornik, Anish Kapoor, Eric Fischl, and Francesco Clemente. Crown Point Press is known for presenting social and political issues in a range of printmaking media, from hard- and soft-ground etching to drypoint, aquatint, and mezzotint. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco acquired the Crown Point Press archive in 1991. This collection of nearly 800 works contains one impression of every print the Press has ever produced. Also included are over 2000 working proofs and preparatory sketches. Now, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has organized an exhibition of these distinctive prints. Chronicling Crown Point Press's dedication to artistic quality and commitment to innovation in printmaking technique and subject matter, this book also presents Kathan Brown's notable contributions in transforming the printmaking landscape of the twentieth century. Published in association with The Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoShe set up the treasured press in the studio of Parkera#39;s friend, artist John Ihle, where it remains to this day. ... by Browna#39;s comment on domestic life: a€œIa#39;d take this pail of wet diapers down to the big house to use the washing machine and by the time I got them down there they were all frozen. ... Brown admired their obvious pleasure in building a railroad trestle strong enough to support two train engines.

Title:Thirty-five Years at Crown Point Press
Author:Karin Breuer, Ruth Fine, Steven A. Nash, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 1997


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