Most of the leading California artists of the second half of the twentieth century, from Wayne Thiebaud to David Hockney and Ed Ruscha, were both painters and printmakers. Printmaking flourished thanks to the establishment of print workshops where artists could benefit from the technical know-how and inventiveness of expert printers. The most notable were Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, founded in 1960; Crown Point Press in San Francisco, founded in 1962; Gemini G. E. L. in Los Angeles, founded in 1966; and Cirrus Editions, also in Los Angeles, founded in 1970. Drawn from the museum’s own print holdings and some local private collections, this exhibition is an anthology of outstanding works by California printmakers of the period. For those unfamiliar with printmaking processes, it also serves as an introduction to the various techniques involved—lithography, screenprinting, etching, and so on. The main printmaking terms are briefly explained in a glossary available in the galleries.
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