San Francisco : Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ; Berkeley : [Distributed by] University of California Press, c2000.
Book — 192 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 34 cm.
"An American Focus" celebrates the exceptional and extensive Anderson Graphic Arts Collection of prints, multiples, and monotypes by major contemporary American artists. The collection spans more than thirty years of print production from 1962 to 1998, surveying the American printmaking renaissance with outstanding examples of print processes - woodcut, intaglio, lithography, screenprint, and monotype - from major fine-art presses. 'The best' was long held as a criterion by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Anderson in acquiring works of art, and this selection of 192 works from their collection - now housed with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - admirably reflects their collecting strategy. This volume and the exhibition it accompanies offer the public a rare opportunity to view works on paper by many of the best-known contemporary artists, including Richard Diebenkorn, Kiki Smith, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth Murray, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Josef Albers, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, and many others representing both the East and West Coasts. The works are presented in chronological order and organized into four sections, each corresponding to the decade in which the works were produced, from the 1960s to the 1990s. Karin Breuer introduces each of the sections and describes important events and trends in American print history; she has also contributed an essay on the story behind the renowned Anderson Collection as well as an illustrated chronology of American printmaking from 1945 to the present. With the addition of a fully illustrated checklist of the 192 works, this volume is essential reading for everyone interested in contemporary American art and printmaking. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
San Marino, Calif. : Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, c2007.
Book — 88 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 x 26 cm.
American prints and the Huntington art collections / by Jessica Todd Smith
Envisioning the city
The mood and atmosphere of the city
Public life and entertainment in the city
Public transportation and labor
Getting by in hard times
Intimate moments and small town life
Farms and farming
Desperation and flight
The California landscape
World War II
Prints as illustrations and advertising.
This volume chronicles the development of printmaking in America through the first half of the twentieth century. During this period of dramatic social and cultural change, printmaking served artists as a cost-effective means of communicating their observations and ideas. Woodcuts, etchings, and lithographs - many illustrated here - by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, John Sloan, and Grant Wood addressed a variety of themes, including urbanization, small-town life, the Great Depression, the California landscape, and the two World Wars.The skyscraper, for instance, became a prime subject, admired for its roots in American architecture as well as its associations with national power. Prints frequently portrayed the city's inhabitants, often in crowded spaces where the distinctions between public and private life might become uncomfortably blurred. Depictions of the Depression of the 1930's suggest pessimism about the prospects for social justice in a capitalistic economy. Other prints demonstrate a heroic conception of industry and an idealized view of life in the nation's agrarian heartland. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
[Los Angeles] : Getty Publications ; [Pasadena, Calif.] : In association with the Norton Simon Museum ; Seattle [Wash.] : Produced by Marquand Books, c2011.
Book — 259 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm.
This is a lavishly illustrated exploration of the rise of printmaking in Southern California and its legacy on post-war American art. The first goal of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, founded in Los Angeles in 1960, was to "create a pool of master artisan-printers in the United States" to revive the medium of fine-art lithography. With essays by both established print scholars and new voices, this lavishly illustrated volume introduces the printmaking pioneers who nurtured an environment suitable for the founding of the country's most significant print shop. By tracing the local printmaking communities, the academic establishment, as well as the significant influence of workshops like Gemini G.E.L. and Cirrus Editions, the catalogue addresses the spectacular spread of printmaking from its modern beginnings in Southern California within the larger narrative of post-war American art. (source: Nielsen Book Data)