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American printmakers, 1946-1996 : an index to reproductions and biocritical information
Bryce, Betty Kelly, 1942-
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1999.
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xxxiv, 570 pages ; 23 cm
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NE508 .B76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The period of post-World War II American printmaking is unique in the history of printmaking, as the volume and variety of prints proliferated and printmakers experimented with modern motifs and abstract forms. The printmaking explosion in America that began in the late 40s and early 50s carried the medium to prominence and acceptance. As a result of this rapid and fantastic growth, printmaking has come into its own as a respected art medium. Alongside printmaking's growing prestige, the print market flourished. Interest in printmaking grew quickly, and with new techniques emerging and evolving, the atmosphere in the nation encouraged creativity and experimentation. This period of American art was an innovative and productive era in the history of printmaking. Until now, there has been no comprehensive index of prints to bring biographical and critical material together with the published reproductions of works. The earlier indexes have been too general to be of value for scholarly research on prints. This index provides a one stop reference for this important period in printmaking history. In a single work, it provides all the information on published visual images of American prints from 1946 to 1996 as well as biocritical information on printmakers working in this time period.

Author Notes

Betty Kelly Bryce is Reference Librarian/Associate Professor and Fine Arts Selector at the University of Alabama Libraries in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is active in national and state library associations.

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For the sheer effort required, any attempt to gain control over the quantity of information about contemporary US printmaking should be applauded. Bryce almost succeeds in bringing together all available biographical and critical material on this subject. The work has several parts. First is a bibliography of 61 titles used to compile this biobibliography--biographical dictionaries, art books, exhibit catalogs, catalogues raisonnes of presses and workshops. Sales catalogs, periodical articles, and technique books are excluded. Next comes an extensive list of abbreviations of artists' techniques. This is followed by an alphabetical list of more than 1,100 US-born or naturalized printmakers, each with a bibliography and list of reproductions of prints. Monographs on each artist are also cited if available. The largest section consists of a 286-page subject index to the prints that is both extensive and exhaustive. An author/title index of all books cited in the printmaker entries concludes the work. The lists of reproductions and the subsequent subject list are woefully brief or incomplete for most artists. Nevertheless this is a very useful work that will save students, researchers, and collectors many hours finding information on printmakers. N. J. Quinlan; Nova Southeastern University