As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been an artist-in-residence at UConn’s Counterproof Press since January. After spending many sessions with artist and master printer Laurie Sloan exploring various processes, I found that I was drawn to the most uncomplicated prints that featured direct, unadorned line drawing printed in one color. Since etching lends itself nicely to this form, I settled on making several editions of intaglio prints. When I noticed that Artsy had an ‘Intaglio” filter on the Art Basel section of their website, I was curious to see what prints would be on view at the fair, which takes place in Basel, Switzerland, from June 19-22. Here are a few, and I think they reflect the capacity of a straightforward printmaking technique to turn a simple drawing into something decidedly special.
[Image at top: Tal R, Girl smoking, 2014, line etching, 17 1/10 × 14 3/5 inches, edition of 24.]
Robert Mangold, Framed Square with Open Center A and Framed Square with Open Center B, 2013, soft-ground and aquatint etchings, 27 1/4 × 27 inches, edition of 40.
Georg Baselitz, Fare Well Bill, 2014, set of 10 Aquatint and line etching prints on Hahnemühle 350 gr, 33 1/2 × 25 3/5 inches, edition of 15.
Elizabeth Peyton, Alex (Katz), 2012, 2012, etching on Twinrocker handmade paper 14 7/8 × 11 7/8 inches, edition of 20 + 5AP copy.
Richard Tuttle, Nature-Media/II, 2014, one-color etching, 13 × 11 inches, edition of 35.
Mel Bochner, Blah, Blah, Blah, 2014, etching with aquatint 11 × 8 1/2 inches.
Vera Molnar, Quelques lignes à julije, 2007-2013, etching 12 3/5 × 12 3/5 inches, edition of 21.
Max Beckmann, Schöne Aussicht (Winterlandschaft), 1920, drypoint 9 1/2 × 12 3/5 inches.
Although we haven’t printed the editions yet, this is the bon a tirer proof
for one of my plates at Counterproof Press.
Art Basel in Basel
, June 19-22, Basel Switzerland. If you can’t go to Switzerland, Art Basel in Basel galleries also post images of the artwork they are bringing to the fair on Artsy
. And don’t forget to check out the Intaglio section
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