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"All About Prints," financed by the Print Research Foundation, is a documentary film that invites both novices and experienced collectors to explore the art of print collecting and printmaking from the perspective of influential curators, collectors, dealers, printmakers, and artists. Public Broadcasting System stations are expected to begin airing the program in the summer of 2009.

"All About Prints" tells the history of prints in Western art, notes landmarks of printmaking in America, and contains clear explanations about printmaking terms and techniques. Shot on Hi-Def video at museum print rooms, print fairs, galleries, and print workshops in America and Europe, "All About Prints" explores the collaborative nature of printmaking, the democratic character of multiples, and the deep-rooted traditions of the art form. These ideas come to life through the exploration of the earliest printmaking artists, including Dürer and Rembrandt; masters of the 19th century like Whistler and Homer; the important contribution of Edward Hopper; the influence of Mexican muralist-printmakers; the formative years of the Federal Art Project of the WPA; the excitement of the 1960s print boom; and the ever-evolving techniques of contemporary artists like Kiki Smith who carry on the tradition. Others featured in the film include artist Will Barnet, curators Deborah Wye (MoMA), David Kiehl (Whitney), and Antony Griffiths (British Museum); dealers Brooke Alexander, Robert Newman, and Susan Teller; art historians, collectors and printers.

"All About Prints" had its initial screening on October 31, 2008, in New York during the IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory. A second screening was held in London on November 19, 2008.

The film will be produced in DVD format. Copies of the DVD will be available in many museum shops, and will be distributed to arts educational institutions. Timing of the release of the DVD will be announced on this website.




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