Des Moines Art Center Print Club

Des Moines Art Center Print Club Print Club encourages the study and appreciation of fine art prints and supports the print-related activities and collections of the Des Moines Art Center.
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The printmaking Facebook hive mind created this awe-inspiring flow chart, curated by artist and educator Laura Gossett. ...
01/04/2021

The printmaking Facebook hive mind created this awe-inspiring flow chart, curated by artist and educator Laura Gossett. There will probably never be a final version as printmaking continuously grows with new technologies. Behold the wonder of the many ways to create prints!

In honor of Pablo Casais' birthday, we celebrate International Cello Day.Irving Amen (American, 1918 - 2011)Michelle, 19...
12/29/2020

In honor of Pablo Casais' birthday, we celebrate International Cello Day.

Irving Amen (American, 1918 - 2011)
Michelle, 1977
Color woodcut, 21 × 16 in. (53.3 × 40.6 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the artist, 1979.19
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Tomorrow is Louise Bourgeois' birthday!Louise Bourgeois (French-American, 1911 - 2010)Stamp of Memories 1, 1993Drypoint ...
12/25/2020

Tomorrow is Louise Bourgeois' birthday!

Louise Bourgeois (French-American, 1911 - 2010)
Stamp of Memories 1, 1993
Drypoint and metal stamp on paper
9 7/8 x 16 7/8 in. (25.1 x 42.9 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center's Louise Noun Collection of Art by Women, 1998.16
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Let's not think of today as the first day of winter. Let's think of it as the return of lengthening days!Kiyoshi Saito (...
12/21/2020

Let's not think of today as the first day of winter. Let's think of it as the return of lengthening days!

Kiyoshi Saito (Japanese, 1907 - 1997)
Winter in Aizu, 1941
Woodcut, 10 1/8 × 15 1/4 in. (25.7 × 38.7 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Robert and Harriette Lubetkin, 1974.8
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

PRINT CLUB TREASURES: WHAT'S ON YOUR WALL?Tuesday, December 15, 2020 6:30PMSunday is the last day to register for our an...
12/12/2020

PRINT CLUB TREASURES: WHAT'S ON YOUR WALL?
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 6:30PM

Sunday is the last day to register for our annual holiday party with a twist! Get ready for a virtual show-and-tell with a special, complimentary appetizer box and suggested wine pairings for all attendees! Register here: https://bit.ly/ShowUsYourPrints

Thank you, Tiffany K. Nagel Spinner, for providing us with a preview of the fun!

Ravishing new work by Print Club's 2016 Commissioned Print Artist, Glenn Brown.
12/07/2020
A Storm of Paint Entangles the Enigmatic Subjects of Glenn Brown's Winding Portraits

Ravishing new work by Print Club's 2016 Commissioned Print Artist, Glenn Brown.

Winding lines and sinuous strands form the textured labyrinths that surround Glenn Brown’s subjects. The uncanny portraiture that comprises his series And thus we existed seamlessly revitalizes icons of pop culture and art history with the London-based artist's distinct aesthetic. Bold prismatic h...

Today is the last day to use the Member's additional 20% off commissioned prints. Hurry - many of these prints have low ...
12/05/2020

Today is the last day to use the Member's additional 20% off commissioned prints. Hurry - many of these prints have low inventory, and this could be your last opportunity to add them to your collection! Follow the link below to order.

https://bit.ly/AvailablePrints

Mark Twain: "He wa'n't no common dog, he wa'n't no mongrel; he was a composite." Happy Mutt Day, everyone!Pierre Bonnard...
12/02/2020

Mark Twain: "He wa'n't no common dog, he wa'n't no mongrel; he was a composite." Happy Mutt Day, everyone!

Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867 - 1947)
Les Chiens (Dogs), 1893
Lithograph, 14 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. (36.8 x 27.3 cm.)
John C. Huseby Print Collection of the Des Moines Art Center through Gift, 1992.15
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Do you want to add to your collection or purchase art for a special someone? New and current Print Club Members qualify ...
12/01/2020

Do you want to add to your collection or purchase art for a special someone? New and current Print Club Members qualify for an EXTRA 20% discount on top of the member discount on Commissioned Prints purchased online from today through December 5, 2020.

https://bit.ly/AvailablePrints

The Means to an End, on view now at the Art Center, is a panorama that reads like chapter headings in a historical roman...
11/25/2020

The Means to an End, on view now at the Art Center, is a panorama that reads like chapter headings in a historical romance novel: "The Beginning," "The Hunt," "The Chase," "The Plunge," and "The End."

Tomorrow is Kara Walker's birthday, and we wish her the best.

Kara Walker (American, born 1969)
The Means to an End . . . A Shadow Drama in Five Acts,1995
Hard-ground etching and aquatint on paper
34 5/8 × 116 5/8 inches
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections;
Gift of Doreen M. and Kirk V. Blunck, 2009.72.a-.e
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

On November 17, 1933, the Marx Brothers premiered Duck Soup, considered to be one of the top 100 films of all time by th...
11/17/2020

On November 17, 1933, the Marx Brothers premiered Duck Soup, considered to be one of the top 100 films of all time by the AFI. Groucho Marx was NOT talking about Print Club when he said, "I've got a good mind to go out and join a club and beat you over the head with it."

Andy Warhol (American, 1928 - 1987)
The Marx Brothers, from "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century," 1980
Screenprint on Lenox Museum Board, 40 × 32 1/8 in.Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Martin Bucksbaum in memory of Constance Belin, 1980.17.8

Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

John Steuart Curry is perhaps best known for this image based on his mural for the rotunda of the Kansas State Capitol. ...
11/14/2020

John Steuart Curry is perhaps best known for this image based on his mural for the rotunda of the Kansas State Capitol. John Brown devoted his life to opposing the extension of slavery in the 1850s into the Kansas Territory in battles that presaged the Civil War. Happy birthday, John Steuart Curry!

John Steuart Curry (American, 1897 – 1946)
John Brown,1939
Lithograph on paper, 14 3/4 x 10 7/8 in.
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Director’s Initiative, General Deaccession Funds, Des Moines Art Center Print Club, Sarah Frank and Jack Balcombe, Stephen Exel, Carrie and Jeff Fleming, Khanh and Neil Hamilton, Bruce Hughes and Randy Hamilton, Ellen and Jim Hubbell, Peggy and Jim Leonardo, Gail and Stan Richards, and Amy and Tom Worthen, 2008.25, Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

On this day in 1771, Aloys Senefelder was born in Prague. As the inventor of lithography, he extended the popularity of ...
11/06/2020

On this day in 1771, Aloys Senefelder was born in Prague. As the inventor of lithography, he extended the popularity of printmaking by providing a means of expression that can be as painterly, intricately drawn, or hard-edged as the artist desires. The British Museum has a lovely short video on how a lithograph is made here:

http://bit.ly/BritMuseumLitho

Samuel Freeman (British, 1773 — 1857)

Alois Senefelder, Inventor or Lithography, n.d.
Lithograph, 5 3/4 × 4 9/16 in.John C. Huseby Print Collection of the Des Moines Art Center through Bequest, 1994.162
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Happy Halloween (and a safe Beggar's Night, too!)Untitled, plate 7, from "Etchasketchathon"Jake Chapman (British, born 1...
10/30/2020

Happy Halloween (and a safe Beggar's Night, too!)

Untitled, plate 7, from "Etchasketchathon"
Jake Chapman (British, born 1966) and Dinos Chapman (British, born 1962)
Publisher: The Paragon Press
Etching on paper, 2005
Sheet: 22 1/2 × 20 3/4 in. (57.2 × 52.7 cm.)
Plate: 11 7/8 × 8 5/8 in. (30.2 × 21.9 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the David Kruidenier, Jr. Estate, and Elizabeth S. Kruidenier 2002 Revocable Trust by exchange and partial gift of Charles Booth-Clibborn, 2013.30.7

In Print Club's 2014 Gift Print, Kerry James Marshall's Memento, the artist presents an angel whose direct gaze reminds ...
10/20/2020

In Print Club's 2014 Gift Print, Kerry James Marshall's Memento, the artist presents an angel whose direct gaze reminds us to remember the heroes and martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement. It is on view in the Art Center's current exhibition, Black Stories. Don't forget to sign up for a Print Club exclusive conversation with Director Jeff Fleming and co-curators Mitchell Squire and Jordan Weber this afternoon at 4:30pm.

http://bit.ly/BlackStoriesConversation

Kerry James Marshall, (American, born 1955)
Memento, 1996-1997
7-color lithograph on paper, 30 × 44 in.
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the Des Moines Art Center Print Club, 2014.55
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Have you registered, yet? This event can't be missed!
10/13/2020
Des Moines Art Center

Have you registered, yet? This event can't be missed!

Des Moines Art Center Print Club members are invited to join acclaimed Central Iowa-based artists and co-curators Mitchell Squire and Jordan Weber in conversation with Director Jeff Fleming as they discuss the evolution of the exhibition 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴. Tune in to learn more about the selection works in the main gallery, including prints and works on paper that address Black culture and celebrate Black voices.

Not a Print Club member? Enroll when you join or renew your Art Center membership: https://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/join-give/become-a-member/

The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair online opens today at 11 AM EDT with more than 100 international exhibitors and prints fro...
10/07/2020
IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair | New York, NY

The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair online opens today at 11 AM EDT with more than 100 international exhibitors and prints from the 15th century to the newest editions.

The International Fine Art Print Dealers Association has generously supported Print Gallery exhibits with grants. October is Print Month, and their virtual programming includes events to delight print collectors, connoisseurs, and makers.

The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair is the largest and longest running Art Fair dedicated to Fine Art Prints.

10/03/2020
JAUME PLENSA - Can you hear me?

Can You Hear Me? is an in-depth exploration of the work and personality of the printmaker and sculptor Jaume Plensa - and it opens this weekend.

This is "JAUME PLENSA - Can you hear me?" by Mallerich Films Paco Poch on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Cecily Brown, Print Club's 2007 Commissioned Print artist, has a solo exhibition at the birthplace of Winston Churchill,...
09/25/2020

Cecily Brown, Print Club's 2007 Commissioned Print artist, has a solo exhibition at the birthplace of Winston Churchill, displaying images of what she calls a broken England. Visit the website for an overview of the astounding show, complete with an artist-curated Spotify playlist!

https://www.blenheimpalace.com/

Anna Gaskell, Print Club's 2001 Commissioned Print artist, will be featured in the Victoria and Albert Museum's upcoming...
09/08/2020

Anna Gaskell, Print Club's 2001 Commissioned Print artist, will be featured in the Victoria and Albert Museum's upcoming show, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser - opening March 2021.

Amazing! Let's hope the show will travel to the USA!

http://bit.ly/VandA_AliceWonderland

Presenting the 2020 Des Moines Art Center Print Club Gift Print! Thank you for voting.Elizabeth Catlett, Links TogetherC...
08/28/2020

Presenting the 2020 Des Moines Art Center Print Club Gift Print! Thank you for voting.

Elizabeth Catlett, Links Together
Color Lithograph, 1996

The Manhattan Graphics Center is hosting a series of seven online talks from the founding members of Black Women of Prin...
08/19/2020
Black Women of Print Speaker Series

The Manhattan Graphics Center is hosting a series of seven online talks from the founding members of Black Women of Print. Sign up to listen to and learn from these creative and entrepreneurial artists!

Leslie Diuguid of Du-Good Press, Thursday, August 27 | 5:00-6:00pm EST: Free and open to the public! Register to receive Zoom link.

Check your email! Help select this year's conservation print and learn more about our upcoming Annual Meeting.
08/18/2020

Check your email! Help select this year's conservation print and learn more about our upcoming Annual Meeting.

Members: keep an eye on your email inbox. We have important updates and a request for your participation in selecting th...
07/20/2020

Members: keep an eye on your email inbox. We have important updates and a request for your participation in selecting the 2020 Annual Gift Print!

Congratulations to Print Club's Commissioned Print Chair, Tibi Chelcea, on receiving this distinguished fellowship!
07/16/2020

Congratulations to Print Club's Commissioned Print Chair, Tibi Chelcea, on receiving this distinguished fellowship!

Congratulations to our 2020 Iowa Artist Fellows: Garth Greenwell of Iowa City, Tiberiu Chelcea of Ames, Catherine Reinhart of Ames, Olivia Valentine of Des Moines and Levi Robb of Des Moines. Each fellow receives a $10,000 grant plus professional development opportunities to advance their artistic careers.

We are excited to introduce you to their work and ideas this year. Keep an eye out for upcoming Meet the Artist opportunities, Fellow events, exhibitions and other ways to engage with these talented artists.

#iowaarts #iacfellows #iowaculture

Join the International Print Center New York "New Prints 2020" Summer Artist Talks with exhibiting artists Farah Mohamma...
07/09/2020
July 14 | Artist Talks | Give Me Space: New Prints 2020/Summer — International Print Center New York

Join the International Print Center New York "New Prints 2020" Summer Artist Talks with exhibiting artists Farah Mohammad, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, and Erika Shiba. Hear firsthand about their printmaking practices, inspiration, and works on view.

Join New Prints 2020/Summer Artist Talks with exhibiting artists Farah Mohammad, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, and Erika Shiba . Hear firsthand about their printmaking practices, inspiration, and works on view. This is the first of two summer Artist Talks IPCNY is hosting online; the second round

Enjoy the IPCNY Summer Show. It features 54 works by international printmakers, including Phillip Chen who was the Des M...
06/29/2020
Give Me Space | New Prints 2020/Summer | IPCNY Exhibitions

Enjoy the IPCNY Summer Show. It features 54 works by international printmakers, including Phillip Chen who was the Des Moines Art Center's 2009 Iowa Artist.

Artist Chitra Ganesh selected Give Me Space, the latest presentation of IPCNY's long-standing New Prints Program, which supports artists from a wide range of backgrounds and reflects artistic production today and over the last year. We invite you to listen to (or read) Ganesh’s powerful statement ...

Seven large ceramic sculptures by Print Club's 2014 commissioned print artist Jun Kaneko will adorn the newly restored g...
06/27/2020
Jun Kaneko Art Exhibit at the Martin House

Seven large ceramic sculptures by Print Club's 2014 commissioned print artist Jun Kaneko will adorn the newly restored grounds at Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex in Buffalo, New York.

This article has many wonderful photos of the works' careful installation process for you to enjoy.

Seven large ceramic sculptures by artist Jun Kaneko will be adorning the newly restored grounds at Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex through Oct. 3, 2021, thanks to the Albright-Knox

Enjoy this short video about Martin Puryear, Print Club's 2003 Commissioned Print artist, and how his prints relate to h...
06/15/2020
Printmaking, Martin Puryear — Art21

Enjoy this short video about Martin Puryear, Print Club's 2003 Commissioned Print artist, and how his prints relate to his sculpture.

Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, Art21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of c...

Rest in peace, Christo. The Des Moines Art Center has two beautiful works on paper by Christo in its collection.https://...
06/01/2020

Rest in peace, Christo.

The Des Moines Art Center has two beautiful works on paper by Christo in its collection.

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/christo-has-died-at-84-1875285

Christo (American, 1935-2020)
Date: 1972
Medium: crayon, pencil, tempera, and collage on paper
Dimensions: Sheet: 27 7/8 × 22 in. (70.8 × 55.9 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from Louise R. Noun, 1972.12
Photo by Rick Sanders, Des Moines

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2007 commissioned print artist, Cecily Brown, continues to amaze! Her work is on display in New York's Gracie Mansion and the Metropolitan Opera, and she is the subject of an exhibition the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.