This exhibition features a rich collection of fine art prints dating from the 15th century to the present including work by Albrecht Durer, William Hogarth, Wassily Kandinsky, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Francisco Zuniga. It reflects the passions of a Sonoma County collector who has acquired prints for more than six decades.
Most of the collector’s prints have never been shown. Several were acquired when she assisted the Prints and Drawings Council at the Los Angeles County Museum in the early 1970s. Beginning in 1965, LACMA’s Council commissioned prints as a way to raise money and to encourage a culture of collecting and scholarship. The collector worked with a number of the artists including Francisco Zuniga, whose studio she visited to check on a print he was producing for the Council and to ensure that the plate was destroyed upon completion of the edition.
Like many collectors, our collector purchased what she liked and not to document a particular artistic period or movement, and not for investment purposes. The collection is quirky and rich for this reason.
Why works on paper? For our collector, it has been the feel of the papers and the different qualities of lines, inks and washes. She bought drawings as well, though not as many, and many of the prints in her home have inscriptions from the artists who she worked with over the years. For our collector, it wasn’t just the images that were interesting, but also the print techniques. Her collection, presented to the public for the first time, allows us to appreciate the different processes of print, to see her unique vision, and to share in her passion for prints.
Support for the exhibition comes in part from the collector, Navarro Winery, and Hammerfriar Gallery.