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Hard pressed : 600 years of prints and process
Platzker, David, 1965-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hudson Hill Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
126 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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"In association with International Print Center, New York."
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NE400 .P58 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This publication surveys the history of printmaking with a particular focus on artists and works that expanded the boundaries of various media, including woodcuts, etchings, engravings, lithographs, mezzotints, screenprints and more, right up to the digital and photographic processes of today.

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Library Journal Review

Appreciation for the art of printmaking swells and recedes in cycles. Just five years old, the International Print Center of New York may help anchor this medium's credibility at last. As part of the effort, curators Platzker and Wyckoff have produced a fine introduction that accompanies a major exhibit at the center. Two essays and plenty of illustrations cover all methods and time periods. Not overly technical in his approach, Wyckoff tackles the essentialsDwho mastered this technique and how and why they did soDgiving readers a better understanding of the medium's historical context. Platzker follows up with its social milieu, from construction to impact. His observations are crucial to a full understanding of this art. Highly recommended for any collection but especially useful for public libraries and undergraduate collections.DSusan Lense, Upper Arlington P.L., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This exquisite catalog for the eponymous exhibition documents a panoramic visual survey of fine art prints by the most reputable of printmaking masters of Western cultures from the 15th through the 20th century. Magnificent black-and-white and color reproductions of the exhibition works follow printmaking technology from the woodcut through the latest photographic and digital imaging of the present. Two scholarly essays succinctly describe the interactions and final integration of major innovative artists, printmakers, and publishers throughout Western cultural history from the Middle Ages into the close of the last millennium. A work of art in itself, this resource demonstrates the final union of the best achievements among the foremost innovative and traditional artists, printers, and publishers who sought amid diverse technical and aesthetic challenges to establish all categories of the original print within the prestigious domain of the fine arts. Happily, readers here can quickly grasp a full historical overview and understanding of the inherent struggles between the practical and fine arts of the past over the now esoteric issue of who inspired whom toward the great innovations that opened up new dimensions in imagery and standards for quality original prints. Prestigious bibliography. Undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. J. L. Leahy emeritus, Marygrove College