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A spectrum of innovation : color in American printmaking, 1890-1960
Acton, David, 1953-
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First edition.
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New York : Norton, [1990]

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304 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
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NE506 .A29 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This survey of colour printing by 100 inventive artists begins with works from the 1890s when American artists travelled to Europe to learn traditional printmaking techniques. It then continues through the colour woodcut revival, the development of colour serigraphy and lithography, the evolution of colour intaglio processes, and the free technical experiments of the modernists. The final print, from 1960, is the first lithograph in colour which heralded the explosion of a vital new tradition of printmaking.

Author Notes

David Acton is curator of prints & drawings at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

American color prints from the end of the last century up through the 1960s receive welcome exposure and appreciation in this catalog for a current traveling exhibition. Although the work of many well-known artists is included, the real revelation here is the contribution made by lesser-known but hardly lesser-talented figures; in some cases, even the famous creators are more readily identified with other forms than the print. Diversity in subject, technique, and style is also displayed as Acton comments on each artist's individual work, illustrated in color reproductions on facing pages. Introductory essays by Acton and other experts trace the development and requirements for the four main types of color prints, particularly as employed by American artists. Appended are brief artists' biographies; bibliography; index. ~--John Brosnahan