American Lithography

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"Lithography originally used an image drawn with oil, fat, or wax onto the surface of a smooth, level lithographic limestone plate. The stone was treated with a mixture of acid and gum arabic, etching the portions of the stone that were not protected by the grease-based image. When the stone was subsequently moistened, these etched areas retained water; an oil-based ink could then be applied and would be repelled by the water, sticking only to the original drawing. The ink would finally be transferred to a blank paper sheet, producing a printed page. This traditional technique is still used in some fine art printmaking applications.
In modern lithography, the image is made of a polymer coating applied to a flexible aluminum plate. The image can be printed directly from the plate (the orientation of the image is reversed), or it can be offset, by transferring the image onto a flexible sheet (rubber) for printing and publication." -Wikipedia

Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25 is a 2017 exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University which says: "Organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA), the exhibition chronicles the history of Crow's Shadow over the past 25 years as it has emerged as an important printmaking atelier located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon." Accessed 11/17

Drawn from Nature and From Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane is a 2017 exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum which says: "The exhibition will offer scholars and lay people alike the opportunity to explore the intersection of Lane's work as a printmaker and a painter, to learn more about the art of lithography and to consider the enduring effects printing has on American culture from the early 19th century through today." Also see press release Accessed 12/17

The Lithographs of Carroll Cloar, an exhibit held May 17, 2014 - August 10, 2014 at the Georgia Museum of Art. Includes news release. Accessed August, 2015.

Pictures on Stone: American Color Lithography was a 1994 exhibit at the Sheldon Museum of Art which says: "The chromolithograph is a printed-color lithograph in which the image is composed of at least three colors, and often more than a dozen, each applied to the print from a separate stone. Unlike tinted lithographs, with their second and third colors casting hues across the print, chromolithography is technically very complex, because it requires perfect registration and a sophisticated understanding of color."  Viewers may download the exhibition brochure. Accessed 1/17

Yellowstone and the West: The Chromolithographs of Thomas Moran, an exhibit held June 8, 2013 - September 8, 2013 at the Gilcrease Museum. Includes images of selected works in the exhibit. Accessed 12/14. Also, Yellowstone and the West: The Chromolithographs of Thomas Moran, an exhibit held 6/7/2014 - 9/7/2014 at the Joslyn Art Museum. Accessed February, 2015


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