APS is pleased to announce the speaker line-up for our Affiliated Society panel at the College Art Association’s annual conference which will take place in New York in February 2017. Please stay tuned for more information about the panel’s date and time.
Printmaking, from its earliest expressions to the present day, has generally been characterized by the creative collaboration between various individuals. In the West, renaissance printmaking was characterized by divisions of labor that designated specific tasks of professionals. Designers, woodcutters, engravers, printers, and publishers indicated their respective role on the prints they helped produce with designations such as invenit [invented], delineavit [traced/ delineated], or excudit [printed/published]. The production of Japanese woodcuts of the Edo period was similarly defined by collaboration and specialization. Collaboration also characterized much of the printmaking in the modern period, despite the emphasis on artistic individuality in this time. Artists like Édouard Manet, Pablo Picasso, and Robert Rauschenberg produced some of their most celebrated prints in collaboration with master printmakers. More recently, digital social networks have opened up completely new venues for artistic collaboration. This panel brings together a diverse group of print scholars and artists to explore the wide-ranging impact of collaboration in printmaking across cultures and times: from the European Middle Ages and colonial Peru to contemporary Johannesburg and Chicago. The panel will grapple with questions such as: What forms have collective ventures in printmaking taken? How did networks of print production intersect with other networks of production and exchange? How have collaborative printmaking practices engaged with and affected social change? What is the impact of digital social networks on the collaborative creation of graphic art? What do historical collaborations tell us about contemporary practices and vice versa?
Jasper van Putten – Session Chair
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Curator, Yale Art Gallery
“Collaboration in Printmaking in the Fifteenth Century”
PhD Candidate, Tulane University
“Collaboration and the Absent Printmaker: A Gift for the Virgin in Seventeenth-Century Peru”
Executive Director Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, SA and Associate Professor Visual Art Dep. University of Johannesburg
“Collaborative Printmaking as co-creation, a South African example of practice”
Artist, Chicago, IL
“On Any Surface: Hanging with Chicago’s Printmakers”