Introduction
Highlights of Thirty-Five Years
The 1970s
Figuration and Its Meaning
Conceptual Art and Its Affinities
The 1990s
Diebenkorn and Cage

The 1970s (Room 2 of 6)

Beginning in 1971 with prints by Sol LeWitt, and continuing through 1977, Kathan Brown printed mainly for other publishers. Most frequently she worked with Parasol Press, Ltd., in New York City, directed by Robert Feldman. Crown Point Press was recognized from the outset for Brown's technical virtuosity and her ability to accommodate varied artistic concerns. She produced etchings by figurative artists Chuck Close and Claes Oldenburg, as well as minimalist etchings by Mel Bochner, Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Dorothea Rockburne, and Robert Ryman, whose work was enhanced by the clean elegance of her printing technique. Many artists explored ideas in series, sometimes in a portfolio format, such as those by Edda Renouf.

Printing for other publishers provided the financial base that enabled Brown to move her Crown Point studio from the basement of her Berkeley home to an industrial space in Oakland in 1972, and to purchase a larger printing press and other sophisticated equipment. She also began to hire and train assistant printers. Starting in 1977, however, Brown phased out contract printing to concentrate on Crown Point Press publications, and by the end of the decade she had relinquished most of the edition printing to staff.


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