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Books on Printmaking – TOP 10 chosen on eBay
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Books on Printmaking – TOP 10 chosen on eBay

Books on Printmaking – TOP 10 chosen on Ebay

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

We’ve been looking on eBay 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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The Commercial and Cultural Climate of Japanese Printmaking

Publication Year: 2003

“Volume 2 of Hotei Academic European Studies on Japan is a compilation of essays covering subjects relating to the artistic environment of the artists and the economic considerations of Japanese print production. The essays are extended versions of the lectures presented at the First International Conference on Ukiyo-e, organized by Hotei Publishing. Contributions by Chris Uhlenbeck, David Waterhouse, Roger Keyes, Shigeru Oikawa, Asa Shugo, Timothy Clark, John Carpenter, Timon Screech, Matthi Forrer, Ellis Tinios and Philip Meredith.”

Printmaking in the Sun by Pauline Muir and Dan Welden

Publication Year: 2001

“Solar printmaking is a revolutionary advance in printmaking technique. The flexibility of this method allows artists to create a range of imagery and prints that resemble etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and screenprints. This handbook combines creative artistic expression with the scientific discipline to provide a practical discussion of solar printmaking. It includes instructions and tips, as well as a comprehensive troubleshooting guide. Diagrams, charts and step-by-step photographs illustrate the text, while images created by artists such as Eric Fischl and David Salle show the inverse ways of working in this medium.”

Printmaking in service of Botany: Catalogue of an Exhibition

Publication Year: 1986

“Gavin Bridson, a bibliographer at the Hunt Institute, explains in the introduction that before printmaking the main problem for artists was distributing botanical drawings so that botanists everywhere could study them. Bridson goes on to trace the history of printing methods for botanical illustrations through five centuries. With the aid of photographic enlargement of details in a one-to-one ratio, 72 examples of relief, intaglio, planographic, nature-prints and photographic printing techniques are analyzed in this catalog that accompanied a 1986 exhibition.”

Sightlines: Printmaking and Image Culture

Publication Year: 1997

“This collection of words and images, developed in conjunction with the Sightlines symposium, opens up a rare view of contemporary printmaking around the world. Includes more than 250 color images, representing more than 120 artists, and texts by international contributors.”

Basic Printmaking Techniques: A Guide for Teachers

Publication Year: 1995

“Share the excitement of relief, monotype, and silkscreen printing with your students. Clear text and visual demonstrations present a variety of techniques that students can perform with a minimal amount of training and equipment. The comprehensive content includes collagraph, linoleum prints, woodblocks and more. Features: examines tools and equipment, various papers and inks; packed with printmaking samples and how-to sequences; instructions for setting-up a printmaking studio; lists suppliers; highlights health and safety tips throughout.”

Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century

Publication Year: 2003

“One of the most glorious and creative periods in the history of color printmaking occurred in 18th-century France. Newly invented engraving and etching techniques were combined with new ways of printing a single image from multiple plates, allowing printmakers to replicate a broad palette of colors using variants of only four: blue, red, yellow and black. The resulting prints were so believable that they were often called printed paintings and engraved drawings. Familiar to scholars and collectors, but the artists whose compositions they copied include some of the greatest talents of the period – Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, and Boilly all feature, along with many others. Is a useful addition to the literature on this topic. Reproducing all the featured prints in color, the images are supported by a range of scholarly essays.”

Radical Art: Printmaking and the Left in the 1930s New York

Publication Year: 2004

“During the 1930s, the era of the Depression and the New Deal, American artists transformed printmaking into one of the decade’s most exciting forms of art. As a cheap, vital, and egalitarian means of artistic expression, prints came close to realizing the idea of creating art for the millions. In this dynamic book, Helen Langa shows how printmakers developed social viewpoint works that focused on contemporary issues of labor justice, antiracism, and antifascist activism. Discussing artists such as Aaron Douglas, Mabel Dwight, Boris Gorelick, Harry Gottlieb, Elizabeth Olds, Harry Sternberg, Joseph Vogel, and Hale Woodruff, Langa explains how they developed new types of meaningful content, worked in modern, yet accessible, styles, invented new technical processes, and sought fresh strategies for distributing their work to the public. Many, but not all, of the artists she considers, worked for the Federal Art Project at the Graphic Arts Division workshop; each struggled to resolve the conflicting goals of reaching a mass audience while also critiquing social injustice and promoting radical idealism.”

The Origins of European Printmaking

Publication Year: 2005

“This highly anticipated and beautifully illustrated book examines the evolution of early printmaking in late medieval Europe. Through their means of production and the evidence of their utility, prints are explored in a broad social and economic context. Key topics include the complex problem of reconstructing the beginnings of the European woodcut; the practice of copying and dissemination of models endemic to the medium; and the varied functions of the print from the spiritual to the secular. A team of expert authors examines the many ways in which fifteenth-century woodcuts and metalcuts reflect the nature of piety and visual experience. Replicated images helped to structure private religious practice, transmit beliefs, disseminate knowledge about material facts, and graph abstract ideas. Mass-produced pictures made it feasible for people of all stations to possess them, thereby initiating a change in the role of images that eventually helped alter the definition of art itself. The Origins of European Printmaking is an essential book for art historians, students, and collectors, as well as the general reader with an interest in medieval history and culture.”

Printmaking at the Edge: 45 Artists: 16 Countries: A New Perspective

Publication Year: 2006

“Printmaking at the Edge explores the techniques printmakers are using today. The topics covered range from the challenges of new technology and materials (for example, the latest high-tech plates and specialty papers and inks) to the persistence of traditional techniques and the new directions they are taking (for example, digital techniques being used with silkscreen and wood engraving). All scales and stages of printmaking are dealt with. This book is a vital source of information for students and includes interviews with prominent international artists, revealing the secrets behind their work and the possibilities for the future. Included is the work of artists from UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Poland, Argentina, Nicaragua, Belgium, Lithuania, Iceland, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Iraq, Korea, Taiwan, and Australia.”

Proof – The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California

Publication Year: 2011

“This is a lavishly illustrated exploration of the rise of printmaking in Southern California and its legacy on post-war American art. The first goal of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, founded in Los Angeles in 1960, was to create a pool of master artisan-printers in the United States to revive the medium of fine-art lithography. With essays by both established print scholars and new voices, this lavishly illustrated volume introduces the printmaking pioneers who nurtured an environment suitable for the founding of the country’s most significant print shop. By tracing the local printmaking communities, the academic establishment, as well as the significant influence of workshops like Gemini G.E.L. and Cirrus Editions, the catalog addresses the spectacular spread of printmaking from its modern beginnings in Southern California within the larger narrative of post-war American art.”

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  • Monika October 20, 2018 at 4:11 am

    I didn’t realize that there were so many different print making techniques. Great collection of resources.

    • TOP Team October 20, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Hi Monika.
      Welcome to the fantastic and infinite world of printmaking.
      Thanks for your visit and comment. 😉

  • E. Valentine DeWald, II April 3, 2019 at 6:03 am

    I think this is one of the best printmaking texts out presently:

    Modern Printmaking: A Guide to Traditional and Digital Techniques

    Of course, I might be prejudiced since I am represented in the mezzotint section. 😊

    • TOP Team April 3, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Thanks for your suggestion Earl. It’s good to have you around. When you want to contribute an article for this project, please contact us. 😉

      • E. Valentine DeWald, II April 4, 2019 at 11:05 pm

        Yes, I’m sorry it’s take me so long to get my process information together. 🤔 I haven’t forgotten. 😊


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