For over forty years, Landfall Press has collaborated with
artists to produce printed multiples in a broad range of techniques
and media. Editions published by Landfall Press, which number more
than 650, represent the diversity of trends in contemporary art; yet,
at their inception, many of these works challenged the boundaries
of traditional printmaking.
Founded in Chicago, IL in 1970 by Jack Lemon, Landfall Press has served as a unique
space for artists. Devoted to traditional methods of printmaking such
as lithography, as well as more innovative processes, editions published
at Landfall Press often transcend the conventional format of two-dimensional
works on paper. For instance, Landfall Press was the first publisher
to add wrapped three-dimensional collage elements to Christo's prints.
In addition to purely visual images, Landfall Press has published poetry, music, and fiction, as well as formats which combine these oeuvres, such as the hand-printed artist's book. Among the more unique editions published by Landfall Press are Robert Arneson's Brick Suite -- accompanied by a cast ceramic brick embossed with the artist's name -- and Terry Allen's Juarez Suite, a boxed set which includes a record album of music and narration related to the printed images.
Printmaking at Landfall Press is a collaborative process. Whether the concerns
of an individual artist involve abstraction, narrative, obsessive
realism, political satire, conceptual practices, or site-specific
performances, the process of printmaking demands technical execution
and flexibility from both artist and printer.Long-standing relationships
with artists such as Christo, Philip Pearlstein, Robert Cottingham,
and Vernon Fisher testify to the rewards of such collaborations,
while in the past decade relationships have formed with artists such
as Leslie Dill, Kara Walker, and James Drake.
The accomplishments of Landfall Press's thirty year history have
been celebrated nationally. In 1995, the Art Institute of Chicago held a highly successful retrospective exhibition. In 1993, the Milwaukee
Art Museum established the Landfall Press Archives, and opened
a major Landfall Press retrospective in September 1996, with an accompanying catalog. More recently, in 1997, the Museum
of Modern Art in New York opened A Singular Vision: Prints
from Landfall Press, celebrating the unique vision of the press
and its founder, Jack Lemon.
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