Thursday, December 27, 2012

Crown Point Press at 50 and more

 When Kathan Brown established Crown Point Press in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1962, she expressed a commitment to etching that was remarkable for the time. Most workshop-based print publishing ventures in the 1960s  focused on lithography and screenprinting.

 Brown offered an alternative and welcomed artists who were new to intaglio, giving them an opportunity to explore an alternative printmaking possibility that was ideally suited to contemporary expression.. Over the last 50 years,  art movements have included Minimalism, Conceptualism, and Neo-figuration.

But Crown Point Press has risen to the challenge of each while developing a skill set that can help each artist, regardless of style, realize their vision.

  Wayne Thiebaud, Tide Figures, 2006. Color drypoint with hardground etching printed on gampi paper chine collé. Crown Point Press Archive, gift of Crown Point Press. Art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Robert Bechtle, Three Houses on Pennsylvania Avenue, 2011. Color soft-ground etching with aquatint. Published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco. Collection of Crown Point Press
images courtesy FAMSF.

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