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Universal Limited Art Editions : a history and catalogue, the first twenty-five years
Sparks, Esther.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Art Institute of Chicago ; New York : Abrams, 1989.
Physical Description:
551 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"This catalogue was produced through grants from the Florence and Noel Rothman Foundation and the Henry R. Luce Foundation."

Includes index.
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NE508 .S67 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Booklist Review

This notable document serves both as a record of impressive advances in the technology of printing and as an aesthetic monument to the artists associated with it. Tatyana Grosman headed Universal Limited Art Editions, the Long Island print publisher, and her collaborative and inspirational association with various artists helped spur the revival of printmaking in the U.S. An account of Grosman's career and the history of her company take up the first two chapters, while the major part of the volume is a wonderful portfolio of prints produced by artists ranging from Jim Dine to Max Weber. A complete catalog of prints produced by Universal Limited follows. Glossary, bibliography; index. --John Brosnahan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tatyana Grosman (1904-1982) did more than perhaps any other single individual to establish printmaking as a major American art. In her West Islip, N.Y., workshop/publishing outfit, Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), she gave creative latitude to many artists before their rise to fame. A treasure trove of images, the album features Helen Frankenthaler's simple, sensuous forms, Grace Hartigan's lyrical abstracts inspired by poems, Cy Twombly's calligraphic swirls, a puckish Saul Steinberg print, and works by Larry Rivers, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Marisol, James Rosenquist, Jim Dine, others. Sparks, a curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, preeminent repository of ULAE prints, explores the collaborations among painters, printers, poets and writers which made ULAE a fertile laboratory. Art critic Wallach offers an affectionate memoir of chameleonlike Grosman driven by a sense of mission. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Choice Review

After a short history of Universal Limited Art Editions, this book is a survey of the work of those artists both nurtured and influenced by ULAE. The list is a remarkable collection of the best in contemporary art: Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Marisol, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, and many others who produced prints and artistic books remarkable for their impact and their craft. ULAE is of primary importance to the revival of printmaking in the second half of this century. As with other recent books discussing the relationship between the fine artist and the printmaking studio, such as Tyler Graphics (CH, May'88) and R.E. Fine's Gemini G.E.L. (CH, Jul'85), the book provides a glimpse of the synergy between fine artist and craftsman. More importantly, and distinguishing this book from others, this work clearly establishes ULAE founder Tatyana Grosman's importance as a contributory partner in the process of creation. The book is well designed and impeccably printed, with nearly 900 illustrations. Recommended to all college and university libraries. The bibliography and index are helpful. -R. M. Labuz, Mohawk Valley Community College