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Apr 07

One Time Only: The Monotype and Monoprint

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 1:45 PM by Annie Shultz

Frank Ettenberg Art
About the Art: Frank Ettenberg, Nocturnal Host, (detail), 1987, Monoprint on Paper, 20 inches by 15.75 inches, Gift of Susan and Richard Streeper. 1988.007.0001

Exhibit Details
  • January 17-March 23, 2014

Exhibition Overview
In the world of printmaking, monotypes and monoprints are the freewheelers. Monotypes are essentially printed paintings, and do not require the technical skills demanded by most printmaking techniques. Monoprints, in turn, combine conventional printmaking methods such as lithography with painting and other art-making techniques to transform a repeatable image into a unique work. During the 20th century, both approaches have come into their own as art forms, as many artists have become less concerned with creating large editions of prints and more interested in one-of-a-kind pieces.

This exhibit will explore the diverse world of monotypes and monoprints through a selection from the RMAC collection, and encompasses a wide range of subjects and styles. The black and white landscapes of Robert Pelegrin, for instance, are highly naturalistic images derived from the artist’s memory and imagination, while the colorful, abstract prints of Bill Bomar incorporate elements of collage and relief printing. All of the pieces featured here reflect the diversity of both printmaking and the art world, with each artist using different materials and techniques to express his or her aesthetic vision.