Print Center’s Triple Threat 1: Letterpress

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The Print Center’s fall exhibition line-up is a triple threat of quality exhibitions. I took so many pictures at these exhibitions that they won’t all fit into one post, so this will be the first of three related posts. Pulling from History: Letterpess is a well organized exhibit of excellent letterpress work meant to be representative of the resurgence in popularity of the process mixed in with some great historic examples. The Print Center describes the show as:

The second in The Print Center’s Pulling from History series, this exhibition will bring together letterpress works made by contemporary artists, presented side-by-side with historic examples to give context to the approaches utilized. This exhibition is co-curated by Matt Neff , a Philadelphia printmaker who also runs Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania.

The show is lively bordering on raucous, with a ton of work organized in a considered arrangement  in the Print Center’s front gallery. The juxtapositions between the contemporary work and historic examples makes for generative connections, demo derby posters, beautiful artist’s books, oh my! While the show favors regional artists it succeeds in  forming a survey of the larger trends in letterpress. If this medium is important to your work, try to see this fun exhibit, if you can’t make it to Philadelphia, keep reading.
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The Press, Letterpress ticket, Collection of Kyle Van Horn

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These prints are titled, Makeready by Sofie Hodara and were produced by the Common Press.

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Letterpress Sampler collection of Matt Neff.

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Letterpress detail of a billboard, collection of Kyle Van Horn.

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Alphabet Poem by Alan Katching.

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These untitled broadsides are by Sarah Smith.

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Another Place artist book by Katie Baldwin and Tracia Treacy

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Swipe File by Charles Burns.

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American Iron Hand Presses by Stephen O. Saxe.

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The Hanuman Books, 1990-1994.

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Type Specimens of Caliban Press by Mark McMurray.

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The Alphabet Series by Bill Deering.

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3 Responses to “Print Center’s Triple Threat 1: Letterpress”

  1. I love the look of letterpress and would love to do some. Do you know about any workshops in the area? I would be printerested in playing around with the letters and using some in my prints. I have never worked with them.
    Thanks,
    Linda

  2. amze says:

    Hi Linda,
    There are plenty of places in the Philadelphia area to take classes or see more letterpress work. Besides the many art schools in town, try contacting the Philadelphia Center for the Book to find out more.

    best,

    Amze

  3. Peter grosfeld says:

    news letters
    thanks all team
    Peter Grosfeld

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