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Fine Prints of the Year 1931

DATES November 17, 1931 through 1931 (date unknown)
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  • November 15, 1931 The first showing of the fine prints of the Year for 1931 will occur at the Brooklyn Museum from November 17th through December 31st. This is the ninth annual occasion this selection which is later published in book form and which has come to have an invaluable place in the eyes of collectors and librarians. The collection is made up of two sections--one the European, Continental and Great Britain, and a section devoted to the art of etching in America, the combined sections totaling one hundred of the outstanding etchings of the current year.

    Malcolm C. Salaman, well known English art critic, has edited the “Fine Prints” and has selected the European group since the inception of the publication and the American selection has been placed in the care of some well known and experienced authority in the field. For the 1931 group Miss Susan A. Hutchinson, Curator of Prints of the Brooklyn Museum was chosen to select and edit the American group. Her many years experience in the work of the department at the Museum has particularly fitted her for the task. Of the five hundred and fifty prints submitted for examination she has chosen fifty that in her belief are the cream of the year’s output by American artists. She will also write the customary foreword to the American section.

    Through the courtesy of Halton & Co., Ltd. of London, the Museum is able to show the entire group of one hundred original prints prior to publication. This representative group chosen from the many hundreds submitted will give an excellent and unusual opportunity for comparison between the foreign and the American work in the field of etching. The collection as a whole is rarely seen in the United States, the only other occasion being the show of the 1929 collection in the galleries of Harlow MacDonald.

    The exhibition will open with a private showing and tea for members on the afternoon of November 16th and will open to the public the following day, the seventeenth.

    Note to Editor:
    If possible we would like this announcement used in the Sunday editions of the 15th. The exhibition will be ready for view on Saturday the 14th and we would appreciate full reviews reserved for the following Sunday, the 22nd.

    Thank you.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1931 - 1936. 07-12_1931, 130-1.
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