Progressive Printmakers

Progressive Printmakers

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qAn important verbal and visual document of a great period of American printmaking.q--Gordon W. Gilkey, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Curator of Prints and Drawings, Portland Art Museum qA superb chronicle of a unique period in the development of printmaking in the U.S. in the post-World War II years. This is an excellent history of a gifted group of artist-professors who, through their creative and innovative approach to the teaching of printmaking, helped to initiate a renaissance in printmaking that has become a singular addition to twentieth-century American artistic expression.q--Clare Romano, Pratt Institute, and John Ross, Manhattanville College Printmaking exploded on the American art scene after World War II, rapidly expanding from New York to the Midwest and beyond. Central to this movement and its development was the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where a group of talented young artists was making prints and developing a print curriculum. 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. A concluding chapter traces the founding of Tandem Press, an exciting extension of the Wisconsin print curriculum. As Watrous notes, the University's commitment has been qrenewed again and again during a half-century when printmaking flourished in America as never before.q Artists featured * Alfred Sessler * Dean Meeker * Warrington Colescott * Raymond Gloeckler * Jack Damer * Walter Hamady * William Weege * Frances Myers * David BeckerIn order to survive and pay for his schooling, Meeker had to take a night job. His earlier training as a sign painter translated into jobs in various silk-screen shops a€” initially as a aquot;squeegee pusher.aquot; In those days, the late thirties and early forties anbsp;...

Title:Progressive Printmakers
Author:Warrington Colescott, Arthur Hove
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 1999


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