Pressed: The Lithograph

April 9 – June 16, 2002

The second in a series of four exhibitions drawn from Tacoma Art Museum’s distinguished print collection,Pressed: The Lithograph reflected on the technique and history of this ubiquitous method of reproduction. A version of lithography continues to be the most efficient method for massive print runs such as newspapers, print advertisement, books, and posters. In many cases it is this role as a communication tool that has attracted artists to lithography. This printing method has also become more widely used among artists through lithography studios, workshops, cooperatives, and publishers who provide training and commission work in their facilities. The efforts promoted by these groups have suggested new, more collaborative ways for artists to work; partnerships between artists and professional lithographers are integral to the final artwork and have become as ingrained in lithography’s technique and history as its commercial uses.