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The development of Crown Point Press coincided with a burst of interest in collaborative printmaking between painters, sculptors, and other artists, and the skilled printers who produced editions of multiple original impressions. This approach has been embraced by artists interested in achieving effects available only in printmaking, but who eschew the repetitive work of edition printing. Crown Point has also distinguished itself by introducing printmaking to conceptual, installation, and performance artists.
This exhibition consisted of 122 prints made at Crown Point Press between 1965 and 1997. The artists included John Cage, Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Sol LeWitt, Wayne Thiebaud, and others. The show was selected from the National Gallery's collection and the Crown Point Press Archive at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In Washington, the exhibition celebrated the Gallery's acquisition of more than 200 etchings and woodcuts from Crown Point Press, including numerous proofs with artists' notations.