Next Saturday we are excited to welcome back Stephen Fredericks, founding member of the New York Society of Etchers for a 1:30 talk. Stephen has developed an audio-visual presentation called “Birth of the American Artist Printmaker,” which grew out of his book on the New York Etching Club (published 2009 by Rice University Press, details at the link).
Stephen’s talk covers a period of American artist activity – primarily etching – that accompanied a broader graphic arts movement during the last quarter of the 19th Century, and the underlying significance of this era defined by a national graphic arts, and etching boom – which gave birth to American artist printmaking as we know it today. The slideshow Stephen compiled includes early ‘artist etchings’ made by members of the New York Etching Club, their applications in fine press books, early portfolios, and in exhibitions – followed by images of more commercially refined decorative art books, auction catalogues and limited editions by important publishers of the day.
Again, this lecture/discussion begins at 1:30 pm on Saturday, January 28th (next Saturday). A closing reception for the show immediately follows Stephen’s talk. We hope you will be able to join us!