"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.
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.
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.
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.