A tome of the newest advances in printmaking for today’s environmentally conscious art students, master printers, teachers, and artists
Etching, lithography, and screenprinting shouldn’t be harmful to the artist or the planet. With cutting edge, never-before-published advances in printmaking media, Printmaking Revolution provides artists, students, and teachers alike with safer, environmentally friendly and non-carcinogenic methods for creating beautiful prints. Inside, teacher and professional artist, Dwight Pogue offers groundbreaking information on embracing green, petroleum-free, nontoxic materials that comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. With new alternatives for the modern era, and work by some of today’s most notable artists, including Janet Fish, James Rosenquist Walton Ford, and Louisa Chase, this book truly revolutionizes the techniques, materials, and processes of a time-honored medium.
Traditional lithography can now be safer and simpler with no sacrifice of quality thanks to new materials that replace phosphoric and nitric acid, acetone, naptha, asphalt, lithotine, paint thinner, and lacquer bases. The following is a step-by-step procdure for using these new materials-- first, for stone lithogrpahy, and then for ball-grained plate lithography.
In recent years stone lithography seems to have fallen out of favor with college and university printmaking programs, probably because of increasing environmental awareness and stricter EPA regulations. Instructors correctly wish their students to avoid working with hazardous materials, such as nitric acid and lithotine. Thanks to the innovations discussed in this book, stone lithography can once again become part of the printmaking curriculum.
Excerpted from Printmaking Revolution by Dwight Pogue. Copyright © 2012 by Dwight Pogue. Excerpted by permission of Watson-Guptill, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
About Dwight Pogue
Dwight Pogue is a professor of art at Smith College, where he has taught printmaking and drawing for 25 years. He is the founder and director of the Smith College Workshop, which, since 1984, has brought some of the country’s most celebrated artists to Smith to collaborate with master printers in creating limited edition prints. A Fulbright recipient and professional artist, Pogue has work in several national juries exhibitions, as well as private and public collections. He lives in Northhampton, MA.
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The book’s great appeal is that everyone working in printmaking—faculty, students
and professionals—will be able to find something useful in it. More than that,
however, Pogue’s book makes it incumbent on us to act responsibly. Knowledge of
these issues is essential and applying that knowledge is required of all of us. Printmaking Revolution—New Advancements in Technology, Safety and Sustainability is an
essential manual for print practice now.
---Art in Print May, June 2012