Robert Blackburn - Abstract Innovation

September 3 - 30
EFA 20/20, 5th floor EFA building

Opening Reception
September 9th
6 - 8 PM

Robert Blackburn, born 1920 in Summit, New Jersey, was know for his work as a printer, a collaborator, and the founder of the internationally acclaimed Printmaking Workshop (PMW) in New York City. The success of PMW, and his work as a collaborative printer with notable artists (Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Will Barnet, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth Catlett, and Helen Frankenthaler) has often overshadowed the innovation and importance of his own personal artwork.

As a pioneer of abstraction and color in fine art lithography, Blackburn often challenged the notions of what a graphic work should and could become. The prints in this exhibition cover a forty year range of Blackburn's artwork and examine his creative process through the display of state proofs. Blackburn often worked with a composition ten or twenty years, distilling it to its most essential elements. Printmaking offers the viewer a unique look into this creative process by leaving a printed record of the varying states of an image. Abstraction can best be understood by following the dramatic and subtle changes from proof to proof. Blackburn's persistence with a work over time helps to highlight a fundamental aspect of his work, harmonic tension.

Exhibition open by appointment only:
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 6pm

To view this exhibition, please come to the workshop on the 2nd floor.

For more information please contact the workshop at rbpmw@efa1.org or 646-416-6226


Free Demonstration!

Press Use, Care, and Maintenance
with Perry Tymeson, Printers' Engineer
Suitcase Press, Jersey City, NJ

Thursday, February 26, 2009
6:30- 8:30 pm

Perry Tymeson will be demonstrating basic care and maintenance for printmaking presses. Come learn exactly how litho and etching presses work, as well as how to solve basic press maintenance problems. Help your press continue to operate with ease and last for years to come.
While Master Printer at Petersburg Press, Perry Tymeson installed several flatbed proof presses, working with professionals from the UK. During this time, his earlier interests in mechanical and rigging were rekindled.

For the past 15 years, Perry under the name of Suitcase Press, has worked with the printmaking community, consulting and instructing in the use of printmaking equipment; along with the acquisition, sale, installation, and maintenance of presses and other specialized printmaking equipment.

FREE Demonstration at RBPMW
323 W. 39th St. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018

For more info. see our website: http://efa1.org/category/events/now/


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