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Prints and Their Makers

Master printer Phil Sanders offers an in-depth look at this versatile medium and places contemporary prints and practices in the context of traditions and techniques developed over more than a thousand years. Clear and engaging explanations illuminate the seven major printmaking processes: relief, intaglio, lithography, monotype, screenprint, photogravure, and chine collé.

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Traditional Techniques in Contemporary Chinese Printmaking

Provides both a helpful introduction to the history and traditions of printmaking in China as well as a comprehensive guide to traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques.

Printmaking Revolution

Etching, lithography, and screenprinting shouldn't be harmful to the artist or the planet. With cutting edge, never-before-published advances in printmaking media, Printmaking Revolution provides artists, students, and teachers alike with safer, environmentally friendly and non-carcinogenic methods for creating beautiful prints

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Installations and Experimental Printmaking

This book reveals the secrets of the new experimental forms of printmaking that are pushing the traditional boundaries, including mixing conventional techniques with photo-emulsion, glass and paper, using Perspex and paint stripper, printing with sand, and digital prints mounted on relief surfaces. The book also looks at issues surrounding using the moving image, and encaustic wax techniques for printing, transferring, collaging and combining traditional prints with wax. 

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Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspectives a solid overview of current work in this exciting area, taking into account the history and the different techniques available for artists working today. Using the work of contemporary artists, Printmaking tells the story of the progression of this art form and highlights the most important technological advances and influential artists. 

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Perspectives on contemporary printmaking : critical writing since 1986

This anthology, the first of its kind, presents thirty-two texts on contemporary prints and printmaking written from the mid-1980s to the present by authors from across the world. The texts range from history and criticism to creative writing. More than a general survey, they provide a critical topography of artistic printmaking during the period.

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¡Printing the revolution! : the rise and impact of Chicano graphics, 1965 to now

¡Printing the Revolution! explores the remarkable legacy of Chicano graphic arts relative to major social movements, the way these artists and their cross-cultural collaborators advanced printmaking methods, and the medium's unique role in shaping critical debates about U.S. identity and history. From satire and portraiture to politicized pop, this volume examines how artists created visually captivating graphics that catalyzed audiences. 

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Critical mass : printmaking beyond the edge

This exciting new book showcases the work of a very diverse selection of 52 artists from 28 countries, against a spectrum of the concerns that inform the role and function of art in the increasingly technological global society. The mediums used by these artists range from new variations on traditional intaglio and relief techniques, to extreme forms of digital techniques, including time-based forms such as film and multi-media presentation. 

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The Complete Printmaker

The most comprehensive up-to-date guide to printmaking on the market today, the revised, expanded, fully illustrated edition of this classic, containing 40 color plates and 600 black-and-white illustrations, covers every aspect of fine printmaking.

Books about Printmakers

Käthe Kollwitz : prints, process, politics

German printmaker Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) is known for her unapologetic social and political imagery; her representations of grief, suffering, and struggle; and her equivocal ideas about artistic and political labels. This volume explores her most creative years, roughly the late 1890s to the mid-1920s, highlighting the tension between making and meaning throughout her work.

Paths to the Press

In 1910, Bertha Jaques co-founded the Chicago Society of Etchers and helped launch a revival of American fine art printmaking. In the decades following, women artists produced some of the most compelling images in U.S. printmaking history and helped advance the medium technically and stylistically. Paths to the Press examines American women artists' contributions to printmaking in the U.S. during the early to mid twentieth century.

Strict beauty : Sol LeWitt prints

The conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) is best known for his programmatic wall drawings and modular structures, but alongside these works he generated more than 350 print projects, comprising thousands of lithographs, silkscreens, etchings, aquatints, woodcuts, and linocuts. This generously illustrated volume is the first to take a comprehensive look at LeWitt's significant yet underexplored printmaking practice.

A Universal Archive: WilliamKentridge As Printmaker

South African artist William Kentridge (born 1955) is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, and theatre and opera productions. He is also an innovative and prolific printmaker--of etchings, engravings, aquatints, silkscreens, linocuts and lithographs--often experimenting with challenging formats and combinations of printing techniques to create highly worked, intensely atmospheric imagery.

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Progressive Printmakers

Progressive Printmakers documents, in words and stunning pictures, the breakthrough aesthetics and technical innovations that made the Madison printmakers a force in the art world. In lively memoirs and analyses, the artists tell the story of the evolving print program at Madison. The distinguished print historian, the late James Watrous, provides an introductory overview, placing the program's development in the national context of the American print renaissance.