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National Print Exhibition, 05th Annual

DATES March 21, 1951 through May 20, 1951
ORGANIZING DEPARTMENT Contemporary Art
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
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  • March 19, 1951 The Brooklyn Museum’s 5th National Print Annual exhibition opens to the public today (Wed.) in the print galleries on the Museum’s second floor. A private opening was held yesterday for Museum members and guests from 4 to 7 P.M. The exhibition will remain on view through May 20.

    This is the only national print show in the New York area. Every section of the United States is represented with prints coming from more than thirty states. Approximately six hundred artists sent in examples of their work to this annual.

    This year the work of two hundred and twenty artists was selected by a jury composed of: Elmer Adler, Princeton University, Josef Albers, Chairman of Design Department, Yale University; Karl Schrag, artist and teacher and Miss Una E. Johnson, Curator of Prints and Drawings, the Brooklyn Museum (ex-officio).

    All types of prints are included in the show: etching, engraving, woodcut, lithograph, and serigraph. The exhibition is a lively contemporary show with the emphasis this year on prints in color, especially in the media of the woodcut and lithography. Many experimental prints are shown including a stencil off-set which is seven feet long and only seven inches wide.

    The enthusiastic response from artist and public alike has proved the need for and high quality of the exhibition. As in previous years, a large selection of prints from the show will be circulated throughout the country by the American Federation of Arts. The Federation also has plans to send a selection to Europe as a result of requests from several European Museums.

    The following artists have received purchase awards in the current exhibition: Charles Annan, Gustave Baumann, Robert Blackburn, Fiske Boyd, Jose Guerrero, John Paul Jones, Max Kahn, Misch Kohn. Richard Koppe, Roy F. Lichtenstein, Henry Mark, Jack D. Moore, Clare Romano, Elmer Schooley, Donn Steward, Bruce Shubaken, Carol Summers, Helen Thrush, John von Wicht, and Sylvia Wald.

    Photographs are available.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 01-03/1951, 031.
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  • March 21, 1951 ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS worth of prints have already been purchased from The Brooklyn Museum’s Fifth National Print Annual current in the Museum’s galleries through May 20. THE FIFTY PRINTS SOLD include those purchased by the general public and also those which were awarded purchase prizes by the Jury and added to the Museum Collection. Prices paid ranged from $7.50 to $80.00.

    As in the four previous shows, a selection of sixty prints from the two hundred twenty woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, engravings and serigraphs, making up the only large national print annual in the New York area, will be circulated throughout the United States by the American Federation of Arts.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 04-06/1951, 059.
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