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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Don't miss Japan House Los Angeles' exquisite virtual exhibit on the evolution of woodblock printing that delves into Ja...
03/23/2021
NATURE/SUPERNATURE

Don't miss Japan House Los Angeles' exquisite virtual exhibit on the evolution of woodblock printing that delves into Japanese landscapes and the supernatural beings that live there.

Japan House seeks to foster awareness and appreciation for Japan around the world by showcasing the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, technology, and more.

Welcome Spring! This 1913 lithograph by Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler is a close copy of one half of his 1901 painting t...
03/20/2021

Welcome Spring! This 1913 lithograph by Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler is a close copy of one half of his 1901 painting titled "Spring." The seated girl combines two symbols Hodler often used: woman symbolizing a desire for harmony with nature, and youth symbolizing innocence and exuberant possibility. In the etching, she might be savoring the fragrance of flowers and spring air. In the painting, she seems to be puckering up for a kiss from the man seated beside her, staring out at the viewer. Check it out: http://bit.ly/LongingForSpring

Longing for Spring (Fruhlingssehnsucht), 1913
Ferdinand Hodler (Swiss, 1853 - 1918)
Lithograph on paper, 26 3/4 × 17 1/8 in. (67.9 × 43.5 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased by the Lucile Burchette Memorial Fund, 1983.7
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This beautiful drypoint by British artist Seymour Haden captures the quiet peace of the Irish c...
03/18/2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This beautiful drypoint by British artist Seymour Haden captures the quiet peace of the Irish countryside, with no hint of the noisy celebrations that have become the custom in the United States. Fun fact: the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade is the world’s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with as many as 150,000 participants (pre-COVID-19, of course).

Seymour Haden (British, 1818 - 1910)
Sunset in Ireland, 1863
Drypoint on paper
5 7/16 × 8 7/16 in. (13.8 × 21.4 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center; Grace E. Gabriel Bequest to the Jennie May Gabriel Etching Collection, 1974.38
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Don't forget to spring ahead tonight!M. VillardSeated Man with Large Clock, date unknownLithographImage: 10 3/8 x 8 in. ...
03/13/2021

Don't forget to spring ahead tonight!

M. Villard
Seated Man with Large Clock, date unknown
Lithograph
Image: 10 3/8 x 8 in. (26.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Bequest of Mary Mattern in memory of Karl Mattern, 1996.43
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

03/11/2021
Print Club's 40th Anniversary #TBT

Throwback to 1981, when the Art Center Bulletin announced the formation of a new club to further the "study, collections, and appreciation of prints." 40 years has brought so many opportunities for learning, service to the Art Center, and camaraderie! Look here to see images from the archives as we celebrate throughout the year! Our thanks to @Amy.Worthen for her tireless work on the 40th Anniversary Presentation from which this image is drawn. #tbt #ThrowbackThursday

#InternationalWomensDay, celebrated on March 8, is rooted in the women’s labor movement in the United States. In 1909, a...
03/08/2021

#InternationalWomensDay, celebrated on March 8, is rooted in the women’s labor movement in the United States. In 1909, a year after the women garment workers in New York City went on strike to protest abysmal work conditions and low wages, the Socialist Party of America organized National Women’s Day to honor the strikers. In 1910, the International Socialist Women’s Conference in Copenhagen adopted the day for an international focus on women’s rights and universal suffrage. The United Nations declared March 8 the official date for the holiday in 1975, and in recent years the UN began giving each year a theme. In 2021, it’s #ChooseToChallenge, highlighting the need to confront biases and misconceptions in order to achieve gender equity in the world.

Masaharu Aoyama’s heroic image depicts a woman agricultural worker wearing heavy gloves and thick waterproof pants while seemingly standing in water. But what is in the basket? What else is revealed through context clues?

M. Aoyama (Japanese)
Female Worker (untitled), date unknown
Woodcut on paper
15 1/4 × 10 3/4 in.
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Bequest of Dr. Maurice H. Noun, 1968.47
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now” s...
03/04/2021
¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now” sets out with an epic goal: to reshape our understanding of who gets to tell U.S. history.

See the online exhibit here: https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/chicano-graphics

In the 1960s, activist Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. Many artists came of age during the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist and LGBTQ+ movements and channeled the period’s social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced...

Thank you!
02/21/2021

Thank you!

Happy 40th birthday, Des Moines Art Center Print Club!🎂 In celebration of this milestone, the Des Moines Art Center Print Club is pleased to present a virtual exhibition featuring the prints, drawings, and photographs given to the Art Center since the club’s founding.

Prepare to be amazed by the 49 purchased and 27 commissioned artworks, as well as the 22 prints conserved with funds donated by the Print Club. Over the course of four decades, this dedicated group of art enthusiasts has deeply impacted the breadth and quality of works in the Art Center's permanent collections. Thank you, Print Club!🎉

'Des Moines Art Center Print Club Gifts: Celebrating 40 Years'
🔸 View exhibition catalog: bit.ly/37vSkiw
🔸 Explore 3-D exhibition: bit.ly/2M9QjkM

A special Valentine's Day kiss to all print lovers everywhere! Winslow Homer (American, 1836 - 1910)St. Valentine's Day ...
02/14/2021

A special Valentine's Day kiss to all print lovers everywhere!

Winslow Homer (American, 1836 - 1910)
St. Valentine's Day - The Old Story in All Lands, 1868
Electrotype from wood engraving, with typographic text on paper
Image: 13 5/8 x 9 in. (34.6 x 22.9 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center; Richard and Kay Ward Collection, 2003.11
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Remember to sign up by Monday the 15th for a virtual celebration of Print Club's 40 years of contributions, education, g...
02/12/2021

Remember to sign up by Monday the 15th for a virtual celebration of Print Club's 40 years of contributions, education, good times, and a shared love for prints and printmaking! Includes delicious goodies from Tangerine and the chance to win a Print Club Commissioned Print! Open to all and free to members!

http://bit.ly/PrintClub40

Ever heard the expression “Go fly a kite!”? According to The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer ...
02/08/2021

Ever heard the expression “Go fly a kite!”? According to The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer (2003, 1997), this dismissive imperative appeared in American usage in the early 1900s and meant the same as “Go jump in a lake” or “Go soak your head”—suggesting disdain and irritation toward the recipient of the command. In 1939, a song popularized by Bing Crosby gave the phrase a more cheerful meaning appropriate for National Kite Flying Day on February 8:

Go fly a kite and tie your troubles to the tail
They'll be blown away by a merry gale,
Go fly a kite and toss your worries to the wind
And they won't come back, they'll be too chagrined.
(lyrics by Johnny Burke)

Richard Black (American, 1932 - 2020)
Kites, 1969
Woodcut, 12 1/4 × 11 9/16 in.
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections, 1996.44
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

On January 18 we observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (birthday Jan. 15) and honor his work for racial equality and n...
01/18/2021

On January 18 we observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (birthday Jan. 15) and honor his work for racial equality and nonviolent social change. This portrait of King, drawn by the activist artist Ben Shahn, was commissioned by Time magazine for its March 19, 1965, cover--the third time King had appeared on the magazine's cover. Shahn said he depicted the iconic civil rights leader in mid-speech to reflect the power and passion of his oratory.

Ben Shahn (American, born Lithuania, 1898 - 1969)
Rev. Martin Luther King, from the portfolio "Nine Drawings," 1965
Photomechanical print on Iyo Glazed paper
21 × 15 3/4 in. (53.3 × 40 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Louise R. Noun, 1996.45.7
Photo credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

While so many of us are sharing photographs of our most recent snowfall in Des Moines, let's enjoy this beautiful lithog...
01/15/2021

While so many of us are sharing photographs of our most recent snowfall in Des Moines, let's enjoy this beautiful lithograph from the Art Center's collection. The artist, Dwight Kirsch, was the Art Center's director from 1950 - 1958 and pioneered the museum's collection of modernist work.

Here's a fun tutorial for your Monday afternoon, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Enjoy!
01/11/2021
Woodcut

Here's a fun tutorial for your Monday afternoon, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Enjoy!

The oldest form of printmaking, woodcut is a relief process in which knives and other tools are used to carve a design into the surface of a wooden block.

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.

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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.