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Varieties in the Printmaking of Joan Miró

Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983) Plate (Auction 3140B, Lot 75, Estimate: $2,500-3,500)

Joan Miró is best known as a painter of Surrealistic figures that dance across flat surfaces like alien cartoon creatures searching for a party. Wise collectors know that he was also a skilled and prolific printmaker, working in lithography and intaglio techniques for much of his career. He began experimenting with printmaking in the 1920s, but it wasn’t until later in life that he pursued it vigorously.… Read More

Portrait of an Artist Not Necessarily as a Young Man…Or Woman…

The January 26th auction of American & European Works of Art at Skinner features some delightful and surprising takes on portraits of artists.

Moses Soyer (American, 1899-1974) Portrait of Chaim and Renee Gross

Traditionally, through fine prints, photographs, sketches, and oils, artists have captured likenesses of their circles, their friends, students, and mentors. Some may not resonate immediately as portraits of artists, appealing as sensitive portrayals of individual characters without any clues to their professions.… Read More

From Obscure to Iconic: The Flowers of Andy Warhol

[Detail] Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Flowers/A Portfolio of Ten Works, Suite of 10 screenprints 1970 (Lot 70, $400,000-$600,000)

This article is featured in the Journal of the Print World, January 2016 issue.

“Andy Warhol is best known for his iconic subject matter: Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Elvis Presley. His paintings marry these motifs with screenprinting to express the commercial nature of his work; its manufacture over its customized production.… Read More

Trends in the Current Prints Market

I’ve been delighted to contribute several articles to the Journal of the Print World. The January 2014 issue features a piece I wrote on trends in the prints market in 2013 and 2014:

“The pace of the 21st century is an ever-accelerating blur with a constant push for more, faster, and better. Trends and tastes are changing so quickly that they are nearly impossible to detect before they are swept away by the next big thing. The volatile unpredictability of the present art market is a given.… Read More

Sybil Andrews and the Grosvenor School Artists

This article is excerpted from Sybil Andrews, by Robin S.R. Starr, the Journal of the Print World, October 2013. Read the full article.

Sybil Andrews (Canadian/British, 1898-1992) Haulers, 1929 (Lot 7, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

The linocuts of the Grosvenor School artists reflect the kinetic energy of the machine age imbued with the enthusiasm and optimism of the post-World War I era.

Sybil Andrews is one of the most well-known of these artists.… Read More

Read about Will Barnet in Journal of the Print World

I’ve been delighted to contribute several articles to the Journal of the Print World. The front page of this month’s issue features a piece I wrote on Will Barnet. The editor at the Journal suggested this piece to honor Barnet, who passed away last November at the age of 101. Barnet never stopped working, and earlier in 2012 he was presented with the National Medal of Arts for 2011 in a ceremony held at the White House. His legacy seemed to make a fitting story for a periodical dedicated to the history of prints.