Thirty-five Years at Crown Point Press by Karin Breuer
Making Prints, Doing Art

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Crown Point Press in San Francisco, founded in 1962 by Kathan Brown, is a world-renowned center of contemporary printmaking. It has published work by such major figures as Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Sol LeWitt, and Wayne Thiebaud, while bringing to attention prints by many younger artists, including April Gornik, Anish Kapoor, Eric Fischl, and Francesco Clemente. Crown Point Press is known for presenting social and political issues in a range of printmaking media, from hard- and soft-ground etching to drypoint, aquatint, and mezzotint.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco acquired the Crown Point Press archive in 1991. This collection of nearly 800 works contains one impression of every print the Press has ever produced. Also included are over 2000 working proofs and preparatory sketches. Now, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has organized an exhibition of these distinctive prints. Chronicling Crown Point Press's dedication to artistic quality and commitment to innovation in printmaking technique and subject matter, this book also presents Kathan Brown's notable contributions in transforming the printmaking landscape of the twentieth century.

Published in association with The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

About Karin Breuer

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Ruth Fine is Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. Karin Breuer is Associate Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the prints and drawings department of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Steven A. Nash is Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Published July 24, 1997 by University of California Press. 216 pages
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