Tradition and technique



The publications and exhibitions of Cahiers d’Art have often given rise to the creation of original printed works.



Since 1926, lithographs by Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Léger and Masson have been specially published by Cahiers d’Art in close collaboration with the artists.

Advancing this dynamic activity, contemporary artists have extended Cahiers d’Art’s printmaking production. Since 2012, John Giorno, Lucas Arruda, Per Kirkeby, William Kentridge, Lee Ufan, Gabriel Orozco, Kim Yong-Ik, Andreas Eriksson, and Adel Abdessemed have reactivated, with a particular imprint, the history and links of Cahiers d’Art with lithography and printing. The ongoing program continues the interests and legacy of the venerable publishing house.

One of the most fruitful collaborations has surely been with the Mourlot Frères workshop, notable for having produced artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Chagall, Giacometti, Calder, Léger. Since 1997, the Mourlot company has been called Idem, and remains in the same location in the Montparnasse district. Cahiers d’Art renewed its collaboration with Mourlot/Idem in 2012, when the American artist Ellsworth Kelly produced several lithographs on the occasion of the publication of the Cahiers d’Art magazine that same year.

Another important collaboration was made with the preeminent master printer Michael Woolworth, who specializes exclusively in printing techniques on hand presses. Together, Cahiers d’Art and Michael Woolworth have produced several recent co-editions: a series of exceptional steel engravings by Lee Ufan in 2019, and superlative lithographs by Lucas Arruda in 2018.





Glossary of prints and editions



ENGRAVING

Engraving is a general printmaking technique that involves making incisions into a metal plate which retain the ink and form the printed image. 

Lee Ufan, Untitled (6), 2019.


DRYPOINT

The dry point is a pointed tool whose tip is used to engrave lines in metal. The point can be made of steel, tungsten carbide, ceramic, or diamond. The tool handles like a pencil, and the sizes vary according to the size of the tips. If fine, meticulous lines are desired, a diamond tip is recommended.

Fernand Léger, Profil de Femme, 1931. Drypoint, Edition of 102.


AQUATINT

Aquatint is an etching process. This process consists of covering a metal plate with a layer of protective powder more or less dense, then immersing it in a basin of acid.

Per Kirkeby, Untitled (6), sugar-lift and spike-bite aquatint with additional drypoint. Singed and numbered. Edition of 20.



LITHOGRAPH

Lithography is a method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water. The printing is from a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a smooth surface. Lithography can be used to print text or artwork onto paper or other suitable material.

Lucas Arruda, Untitled, 2018, lithograph on paper. Signed and numbered. Edition of 40.



MONOTYPE

A monotype, is a unique print obtained by a non-reproducible process. Contrary to the engraving technique, in which the plate is hollowed out, and thus retains the line made by the artist, the drawing is made directly on the ink-covered plate with various tools.

Andreas Eriksson, The Moons and the Suns. 2019, Unique


SILKSCREEN PRINT

A silkscreen is produced by printing a design through a mesh screen. A stencil impermeable to ink is applied to the screen so that when the ink is wiped across it, only the areas not covered by the stencil are printed. A form of stencil printing, silkscreens are printed one color at a time, with multicolored prints requiring multiple screens.

Gabriel Orozco, Untitled, 2017, Silkscreen on glassine. Edition of 80. Signed and numbered.