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Thursday, 28 January 2021

Born on this day: John Baskerville (1707-1775)

Dear reader,

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021: new year, new chances! Our first News Corner of 2021 will provide you with updates on the ars graphica world.


#changeofobjects 'Druk! Werk! (Impressive!)' opened 10 December in M Leuven. On view until 5 September 2021, it shows a selection of the museum's print cabinet, with different prints every three months! The current display will be changed mid-February. Book a timeslot on the website! Can't wait? Take a sneak peek here.

#openingsoon The Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts has reopened! The exhibition 'Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design' is devoted to examining the kimono as a major source of inspiration and experimentation in Japanese print culture, from the Edo period (1603–1868) to the Meiji period (1868–1912). You can visit the exhibition from 6 February until 2 May 2021. Check the website for more information.

#expected The exhibition 'Graphic Grandeur: Escher and his Contemporaries at Escher in The Palace' highlights the graphic art of Escher’s Dutch contemporaries. In collaboration with Kunstmuseum The Hague, the exhibition shows the versatility of Dutch graphic art through prints made by Escher’s friends, acquaintances and mentors. It will open on 17 February. Visit the website for the details.

*** Museums are opening and closing as a result of Covid-19 related restrictions and following government advice. As this is rather unpredictable, we advise you to keep an eye out for the reopening of museums near you ***


#job The Kunstmuseum Reutlingen is offering a two-year Voluntariat / Assistant Curatorship, with a focus on relief prints and woodcuts. DL: 21 February 2021. Check the website for more information.

#curator The GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig is looking for a curator of their collection of (commercial) graphics, photography, book art, bindings and more, starting full-time on June 1st. DL: 11 February 2021.

#fellowship The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks to fill the Margaret R. Mainwaring Curatorial Fellowship in the department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs starting in fall 2021. It is a one year fellowship (with possible renewal for a second year) focusing on curatorial training in the graphic arts and research on the collection. DL: 1 March 2021.

#award The Wolfgang Ratjen Award is an annual award for early career research in the field of graphic arts. The prize is $6,000 and an opportunity to spend three months conducting research at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. DL: 28 February 2021.

#lastchance The Association of Print Scholars is pleased to announce two forthcoming opportunities related to printmaking. The first is the APS Collaboration Grant (maximum $ 1,000), funding projects that foster collaboration and dialogue between members of the print community and the general public. The second is the Schulman and Bullard article prize ($ 2,000) for an article published by an early-career scholar that features compelling and innovative research on fine art prints or printmaking. DL for both: 31 January 2021.

#lastchance The Herzog August Libary in Wolfenbüttel offers a stipend for post-doc researchers. The HAB houses modern, medieval and early modern manuscripts, incunabula, prints and special collections. The library conducts its own research projects and is currently focussing on processes of cultural translation, material culture and historical collection research. The library welcomes applications for the new research areas of Religion & Emotion and Historical Image Cultures. The scholarships are aimed at applicants who are open to all historical research disciplines. Check the link for more information. DL: 31 January 2021.


#photography Photographica calls for papers for their new issue 'Derrière l’image. Pour une histoire sociale et culturelle des producteurs de photographies' (Behind the picture. Towards a social and cultural history of photographic image producers). DL: 30 April 2021.


#researchtips Prints from the early sixteenth to the early twentieth century hold many essential abbreviations and expressions. We would like to draw your attention to Ad Stijnman's (updated) Terms in Print Addresses: Abbreviations and Phrases on Printed Images 1500–1900, which contains many hundreds of terms and their translations. The list can be consulted via this link.

#publication Ad Stijnman recently published a new volume in the New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish series: Jacob Christoff Le Blon and Trichromatic Printing. It regards the oeuvre catalogues of Le Blon and his first two pupils, brothers Jan and Jacob L'Admiral. The introduction deals with Le Blon's invention of printing with the three primary colors, which has lead to the current CMYK color system (which is used for offset printing, color copiers and desktop printers). More information about the release and a link to the preview can be found here.


The News Corner Team,

See you in February!

Iris Louwersheimer &

Marte Sophie Meessen

AG communication coordinators


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