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  1. [Baren 32912] Re: Mike's technical printing advice. ("Mark Mason")
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From: "Mark Mason"
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 08:52:45 -0000
Subject: [Baren 32912] Re: Mike's technical printing advice.
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Many thanks Mike for your very informative post and the information and links.

I'd love to try the pigment suspensions but I'm a little phased by the amount of info and choice of colours on the website and don't want to invest in impractical colours through my own lack of knowledge.

Do they have, or could you (or anyone else at Baren) recommend a basic pigment set suited for Moku Hanga?

Kindest regards,
Mark Mason.
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Date: 1 Mar 2007 11:09:46 -0000
Subject: [Baren 32913] Woodblock prints in Kansas City ...

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Ink, therefore it is

Southern Graphics Council Conference works will get a preview at many galleries.

"I want this to be a show for young people and young collectors," guest curator and local artist Craig Subler said. "To show them what can be collected."

Subler will illustrate his point with "Collecting Ink," opening Saturday at the H&R Block Artspace. The printmaking show draws from Kansas City area collections, both public and private.

Works borrowed from private collections include a Chuck Close woodblock, recent etchings by Richard Serra and Thomas Schutte, and 1996 flocked print by Kiki Smith.

The show amply represents the work of Kansas City Art Institute alum Jack Lemon's Landfill Press. Landfill Press has given many significant works to the school, including a series of four etchings by Kara Walker, two lithographs by Christo and one by Terry Allen.

"There are a lot of Landfill Press prints to choose from," Subler said. "The Art Institute's collection is so deep."

Local corporations, including Hallmark and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, also lent works to the exhibit.

"Collecting Ink" is part of the Southern Graphics Council Conference, a major annual printmaking convention that's meeting in Kansas City this year. Although the conference doesn't officially begin until March 21, many galleries are previewing their SGC shows over First Friday weekend.

"Dick (Belger) likes to show how the artist grew in a career," gallery assistant Mo Dickens said.

"Jasper Johns Prints" includes some of the septuagenarian artist's most recent works and touches on some of his first. Hanging on matte black walls in a dramatically lighted room is a suite of 10 prints, "0-9 (A)" (1960-63), created by Johns in his first attempt at printmaking.

At the time, Johns stood out for his use of everyday imagery (like numbers, and, more famously, flags), and he went on to make a career out of reinvigorating these images. Printmaking provided him with ample opportunities for variations, and many of these show up at the Belger. Keep an eye out for several versions of "Untitled (Red)," "Untitled (Yellow)" and "Untitled (Blue)" created between 1979 and 1998.


On the other side of town, in the Tracy Arts Park, the Dennis Morgan gallery is staging "I'd Rather Be Drawing." The exhibition of drawings by printmakers from across the U.S. was curated by artist and KU professor Michael Krueger.