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Books on Printmaking – TOP 10 chosen on Amazon
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Books on Printmaking – TOP 10 chosen on Amazon

Books on Printmaking – TOP 10 chosen on Amazon

Everyone knows that, when looking for something on Amazon, we can find quite a few rarities and things that can’t be seen online in any other place.

We’ve been looking on Amazon and found some very interesting titles that can make a printmaking lover lose his head.

Check out our TOP 10 fantastic books that can be purchased online at this store!


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Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes

Publication Year: 2009

“Printmaking; a Complete Guide to Materials and Process covers fundamental printmaking techniques including relief, intaglio, collagraph, lithography, screenprint, and monoprint. The book outlines current practices in the contemporary print studio, including integrating digital processes with all techniques. Each chapter features clear, step-by-step illustrations plus expanded case studies, which help convey the technical aspects of each printmaking technique. Throughout the book, special attention is given to the best practices with regard to reducing toxicity and safety. Useful appendices featuring troubleshooting charts, which cover the common problems the beginning printmaker might face, as well as sources for further information, complete this useful guide.

In addition to technical information, this book explores the processes and functions of print media that inform the very strategy of art-making. It considers the “how” and the “why” of printmaking as an artistic practice. Each chapter features a profile with an international contemporary printmaker, including an interview as well as examples of their work. Works illustrated in this book offer innovative examples from across the globe that position print at the cutting edge of contemporary art.”


Chinese Printmaking Today: Woodblock Printing in China, 1980-2000

Publication Year: 2004

“Chinese Printmaking Today analyses the contemporary manifestations of an art form that has long occupied an important place in Chinese art. Using works from the Muban Foundation, the foremost research collection of Chinese woodblock prints, the author shows how China’s new artistic and political climate has produced images of surprising virtuosity and eloquence.
Through the detailed examination of works by ninety artists, continuities and innovations in Chinese printmaking are explored. The works are grouped into seven broad themes: text and image, folk traditions, the political legacy, the concrete jungle, the land, and its people, the human form, and new directions. Essays by Chinese and British scholars explore the political and literary context of printmaking in modern China; the role of Lu Xun, China’s greatest twentieth-century writer who was also an enthusiast for woodblock printing; and the materials, tools, and techniques that Chinese printmakers use.
The history of China’s academies of printmaking and short biographies of the print artists are included as appendices, along with a bibliography of works in Chinese, Japanese, and English.”


Papermaking for Printmakers (Printmaking Handbooks)

Publication Year: 2006

“Paper is probably the most important factor to a printmaker. The type used is integral to the finished piece and can determine the whole look of a print. This book aims to alert artists working in both the fields of print and papermaking to the possibilities inherent within each discipline and how each may complement the other. Making your own paper allows printmakers to have absolute control over their print, often resulting in a work of extraordinary richness and beauty. This book features a range of different papers from around the world and includes a section focusing on Japanese papermaking – a delicate and highly-prized skill. The author also leads us through the various methods that enable the artist to incorporate found objects (such as petals, seeds, leaves); and to determine the exact color (using both natural and chemical dyes) and thickness of the sheets.”


Proof positive: Forty years of contemporary American printmaking at ULAE

Publication Year: 1997

“Founded in 1957 by Tatyana Grosman, Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) has remained one of the most vital fine art print workshops in the United States throughout its 40-year history. This book, the catalog of an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery, offers a rich sampling of the work done at ULAE from its beginnings to the present. Represented here are some preeminent names in modern art: Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Helen Frankenthaler, to name a few. The excellent layout and high quality of the 260 illustrations lovingly capture the prints, most of them presented one to a page and without distracting text. A nice introduction by Corcoran curator Jack Cowart is followed by a memoir by Tony Towle, a poet who worked at ULAE in the early years. The more recent history of ULAE is outlined by Sue Scott, guest curator of the exhibition. A handsome volume offering a view of what will be remembered as one of the significant endeavors of modern art in America.”


Woodcuts in Incunabula Printed in the Low Countries

Publication Year: 2013

“The aims of this publication are twofold. In the first place, it gives a complete census of the woodcuts in Dutch and Flemish incunabula, and a record of all places in which they appear. Both the book in which the woodcut (or series of woodcuts) appears for the first time and all repetitions of that woodcut before 1501 have been registered. In the second place, a survey and analysis of the woodcuts used by each printer have been given. With this inventory, Dr. Kok has developed a very accurate dating system for incunabula. Over 3800 different illustrations have been found in the incunabula printed in the Low Countries, which illustrate the history of the use of woodcuts – the different states, the different stages of wear and tear.”


British Wood-Engraved Book Illustration 1904-1940: A Break with Tradition

Publication Year: 1999

“Twentieth-century British wood-engraved book illustration up to the beginning of World War II was among the most versatile and inventive of the graphic arts. In a climate of a typographical renaissance, various wood engravers made a significant impact on the appearance of the printed page, transforming good books into works of art and influencing modern standards of book production. This book reveals the methods by which these pioneering artists broke with nineteenth-century illustrative practices. The author surveys the subject in relation to the cultural and historical background, and within a context of mainstream developments in the visual arts, places emphasis on the working relationships of illustrators with both private presses and commercial publishers.”


Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century

Publication Year: 2009

“This volume presents more than 1,000 exemplary twentieth-century Japanese woodblock prints, from the collection of Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Taken together, the collection reflects the stylistic movements, aesthetic directions and historic changes of the past century, with particular emphasis on two significant movements: sosakuhanga (creative prints), represented by in-depth selections by Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Onchi Koshiro and Munakata Shiko; and shin-hanga (new prints), with works by Kawase Hasui and Hashiguchi Goyo. Carnegie Museum of Art also possesses several complete series of prints produced in such limited numbers that they are rarely seen today, including One Hundred Views of New Tokyo created between 1929 and 1932. In addition, an essay on the history and significance of the collection provides a brief introduction to Japanese printmaking in the twentieth century, making this illustrated guide an invaluable reference for researchers, curators, collectors and general enthusiasts of Japanese art.”


Printmaking Handbook (Artist’s Bibles)

Publication Year: 2008

“This hardcover book with internal wire-o binding is 6.5in x 8in, is a perfect size for readers to keep handy and reference often. The stylish design of this book, along with the interior photographs, illustrations, and diagrams, make the learning process simple and fun for beginners and provides useful tips for more advanced readers.

This book is an invaluable introduction to printmaking methods, taking you, step by step through the technical details as well as providing inspirational examples of prints in all media. Although some print processes have a long tradition and are carried out in much the same way as they were always, there can be no doubt that modern technology has made it easier to extend the potential of individual printmaking methods and to combine their efforts in multimedia images.

From relief printing to intaglio printing, and from lithography to screenprinting, The Printmaking Handbook has a wide range of information for anyone interested in printmaking.”


German Printmaking in the Age of Goethe

Publication Year: 1995

“Goethe’s lifetime (1749-1832) was a period of extraordinary importance in the history of German printmaking. From a style which had been strongly derivative of French and Dutch prototypes, German printmakers evolved a distinctive approach of their own. Etching remained the principal vehicle of the period but the invention of lithography introduced another medium which was explored with great subtlety by German artists. Over 200 works by nearly 70 artists are described in this illustrated catalog, showing the great richness and diversity of production and examining the way in which patronage and the print market operated at the time.”


Etching & etchers

Publication Year: 1892

“This book was digitized and reprinted from the collections of the University of California Libraries. It was produced from digital images created through the libraries’ mass digitization efforts. The digital images were cleaned and prepared for printing through automated processes.”



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