What Is a Print?

Mar 22–Jun 5, 2001

MoMA

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Cover for the portfolio L’Estampe originale (The Original Print). 1893. Lithograph, 22 1/4 × 25 11/16″ (56.5 × 65.2 cm). Publisher: Editions du Journal des artistes, Paris. Printer: Edward Ancourt, Paris. Edition: 100. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Grace M. Mayer Bequest
  • MoMA, Floor 3

Artists have used printmaking to create some of their most profound and compelling works of art, but the basic printmaking techniques remain a mystery to most people. This small exhibition provides examples of the four main processes—woodcut, etching, lithography, and screenprint—together with some of the tools and materials that are used to produce them. A related website may be viewed at kiosks in the exhibition or online.

Organized by Starr Figura, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books.

The What Is a Print? Web project is made possible through the generosity of Linda and Bill Goldstein.

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