Oil Monoprint and collagraph: carborundum, 1999.
The new exhibit Proof in Print highlights the work of some
of Boston's most talented printmakers.
Proof in Print includes pieces by 76
artists and showcases Boston printmaking over the past two decades. The Artist's Proof
Cooperative worked in Cambridge from 1980 to 1984 and inspired three active studios--Mixit
Print Studio in Somerville, Hand Press in Somerville, and Artist Proof Studio in South
Africa. Work from all four portfolios will be on display from February 8th
through May 27th in the Wiggin Gallery in Copley Square.
There will be a symposium and publishing
party in the Wiggin Gallery Boston Public Library, Copley Square. On Thursday, April 26th
from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The symposium, A Community of
Printmakers, will begin at 6 o'clock with a brief dialogue between Warrington
Colescott and Frances Myers, internationally known printmakers and educators from the
University of Wisconsin, followed by a presentation by Kim Berman, Director and Founder of
Artist Proof Studio, South Africa.
The dialogue and talk will each be about
twenty minutes in length.Peter Scott of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Jane
Goldman, co-owner of Mixit Print Studio will introduce the speakers.
Snakes and Birds
Two-plate intaglio: softground etch and spit bite-aquatint, 1999
Proof in Print: A Community of
Artist's Proof Cambridge,
Mixit Print Studio Somerville,
Artist Proof Studio Johannesburg,
Hand Press Workshop Somerville,
The culmination of a project spanning
five years, Proof in Print: A Community of Printmaking Studios, is a richly
illustrated and informative book about a group of artists and their prints and printmaking
studios. It includes biographical notes, artists statements, and essays on the
workshops, along with a catalogue of the exhibition of the same title.
The book traces the relationship between
three currently active studios and Artists Proof, a Cambridge, Massachusetts studio
to which they can all trace their roots.
The book begins with an Introduction by
Bernard Margolis, President of the Boston Public Library, and a "reminiscense"
by Sinclair Hitchings, Keeper of Prints. Following are an essay by Dorothy Thompson,
independent curator, and studio histories by the partners and founders of the four studios
The bulk of the book functions as a
fully illustrated catalogue for The Workshop Portfolios, a project of archival and newly
printed work from the four studios. Ninety-six prints by seventy-six artists are
reproduced in full color, each accompanied by a statement from the artist. Additional
sections include checklists of the portfolios, biographical information, and an index.
The book has been designed by Paul
Hoffman at The Stinehour Press and was printed at The Stinehour Press in Lunenberg,
Proof in Print: A Community of
Printmaking Studios can be purchased from the Boston Public Library at an Initial
Release price of $ 25.00 for the softcover and $35.00 for the hardcover.
The book is for sale through the Boston
Public Library's Business Office. The Business Office is open 9-5, Monday
through Friday. You may visit the office to purchase or to order through the mail
Boston Public Library
P. O. Box 280
Boston, MA 02117
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