The Neiman Center is fortunate to have a Dufa VII handfed offset lithographic press in the studio. For anyone who has made traditional lithographs on a transfer press, the offset press opens up a whole new world of artistic possibilities. Students enrolled in the Advanced Printmaking Intensive will have the opportunity to create new works on aluminum ball grain or photographic lithographic plates, as well as monotypes from various surfaces. Collaboration and technical assistance will be provided by the Neiman Center’s Master Printer Doug Bennett.
An offset press eliminates direct contact between the printing matrix and paper by printing the image onto a cylinder wrapped in a rubber blanket. It is especially well-suited to print photographic imagery, but also excels in reproducing delicate washes and drawings. This means the artist is not limited to traditional materials like litho-crayons or tusche to create their work. The Neiman Center has many offset lithographs in its archive and students will have a chance to examine these prints firsthand.
Photogravure is a late 19th century photomechanical process developed to faithfully reproduce artwork for mass distribution. While it was slowly phased out from the commercial industry, its tonal and archival qualities are so superb that photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, and Paul Strand used it to edition some of their most important works.
Photogravure is based on a dichromate gelatin resist process very similar to carbon printing, but the image is on a copper plate able to withstand editioning. Students enrolled in the Advanced Printmaking Summer Intensive will have the opportunity to create new works in photogravure from digital images, as well as from drawing or painting on frosted Mylar. The process of electro-plating finished copper gravure plates will also be demonstrated.
The concentration of the Advanced Printmaking Intensive will allow students to fully explore the photogravure process and its relationship to intaglio printmaking in a way that would never be possible during a typical semester course.
Tidal, 1999 by Kiki Smith / Published by LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies
Photogravure, Offset Lithography, and Silkscreen
The following is a list of artists that the Advanced Printmaking Intensive instructors have collaborated with:
Ghada Amer/Reza Farkhondeh, Polly Apfelbaum, Donald Baechler, Mel Bochner, Lee Bontecou,
Sebastiaan Bremer, Cecily Brown, Phong Bui, Klaus Bürgel, Ernesto Caivano, Cammi Climaco,
Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Peter Diog, Mark Dion, Carroll Dunham, Nicole Eisenman, Eric Fischl,
Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Friedlander, Carl Fudge, Buckminster Fuller, Ellen Gallagher,
Tim Gradner, Elliot Green, Jose Guinto, Jane Hammond, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Dana Hoey,
Havard Homstvedt, Ridley Howard, Matthew Day Jackson, Bill Jensen, Yun-Fei Ji, Jasper Johns,
Brad Kahlhamer, William Kentridge, Fawad Khan, Vivienne Koorland, Joey Kotting, Steve Lambert,
Fabienne Lasserre, Julian Lethbridge, Suzanne McClelland, Jason Middlebrook, Robert Motherwell,
Carlos Motta, Carrie Moyer, Elizabeth Murray, LeRoy Neiman, David Opdyke, Adrian Paci, Enoc Perez,
Elizabeth Peyton, Danica Phelps, William Powhida, Richard Prince, Chris Ofili, Luisa Rabbia,
Robert Rauschenberg, Matthew Ritchie, Larry Rivers, Alexis Rockman, Thomas Roma, James Rosenquist,
Susan Rothenberg, David Row, Ed Ruscha, Michael Schall, Dana Schutz, Dasha Shishkin, Joel Shapiro,
James Siena, Shahzia Sikander, Laurie Simmons, Kiki Smith, Shinique Smith, Jessica Stockholder,
Sarah Sze, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Christian Tomaszewski, Richard Tuttle, Charline Von Heyl, Kara Walker,
Heimo Wallner, Paula Wilson, Terry Winters, Lisa Yuskavage