and Drawing | Collages,
Projections, and Variants
The Evolution of Bearden's Collage
Technique | Printmaking
Bearden studied linoleum block printing at New York University in
the early 1930s, and he made a few experimental etchings about 1964.
However, his serious work in printmaking, which includes approximately
one hundred editions in etching, lithography, screenprint, and collagraph
came later, in the 1970s.
Bearden's most important printed works
are the dozens of unique pieces he made in monotype between 1975
and 1983. The process is a hybrid of painting or drawing
and printmaking. Bearden painted his monotype images onto sheets of plastic
and transferred them to paper by means of a printing press. He often
by hand to the transferred images, using graphite, ink, or paint.
and edition prints were accomplished in collaboration with professional printers.
All of the monotypes and many editions were made at the
Printmaking Workshop, founded in New York in 1948 by Bearden's longtime friend,
the printmaker Robert Blackburn (1920-2003). The two men had known each other
from their student years in Harlem.
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