Paper & Ink:
New Print Acquisitions from the High Museum of Art
January 18-June 15, 2014
This exhibition highlights recent print acquisitions for the High Museum of Art's permanent collection. The practice of printmaking is a discipline with a long and rich tradition involving the transfer of ink from one surface to another through a variety of techniques. These newest additions to the collection represent a range of different approaches to printmaking.
- RELIEF (woodcuts, linocuts, and letterpress): Artists create relief prints by incising and inking a printing surface, such as a woodblock or linoleum piece. The resulting image reveals the area around the incisions that the artist left intact.
- INTAGLIO (etching, drypoint, and engraving): Like relief, artists create intaglio prints by cutting or etching into the surface of a plate. Only the incised areas—the marks made by the artist—transfer to the printing surface.
- PLANOGRAPHIC (monotype and lithograph): Planographic prints are produced from a completely flat surface rather than a surface with raised areas, and use a chemical process to transfer the ink.