Carroll Dunham Prints: Catalogue Raisonné, 1984-2006

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Widely known for his vibrant paintings that employ a variety of styles––including abstraction, figuration, pop, and cartoon––Carroll Dunham (b. 1949) is also one of the most prolific printmakers of his generation. An integral part of his artistic process, Dunham’s prints combine the spontaneity and drama of his paintings with the careful premeditation demanded of the medium. His imagery––which shares the wickedly cartoony semi-abstractions of his paintings––is transformed, refined, and often intensified in his graphic work.

Carroll Dunham Prints documents the artist’s entire print archive––which includes nearly 300 lithographs, etchings, drypoints, linocuts, wood engravings, screenprints, digital prints, and most recently, monotypes––the majority of which have never before been published. The authors examine the significance of printmaking to Dunham’s overall oeuvre, his innate sensitivity toward the systematic materials and procedures of printmaking, his inventive approach to this process, and the evolution of his imagery. It also features an insightful essay by Dunham that discusses his journey as a printmaker and his discoveries of the medium.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

In this catalog of nearly 300 prints by the well-known American painter Carroll Dunham, the authors-Kemmerer (curator of photography, Addison Gallery of American Art), independent scholar Elizabeth C. DeRose, and Dunham himself-showcase and document the artist's graphic works. Widely known for his variety of influences, including abstraction, figuration, pop art, and cartoon art, Dunham admits printmaking has served as a "laboratory of sorts relative" to his other works, permitting him to experiment with different techniques, diverse media, and disparate imageries. The book is divided into three parts-prints featured in an exhibition at the Addison Gallery (copublisher of this volume), texts analyzing the works, and a catalogue raisonné of the artist's complete print archive. Some of the 431 full-page color reproductions have never before been published. A glossary, a concordance to the catalog and Addison accession numbers, and an index of illustration titles further feature Dunham's entire print archive. Professionally presented, expertly conceived, and comprehensively documented, this book, which explores for the first time the significance of printmaking to Dunham's oeuvre, belongs in academic research, large public, and special libraries. Strongly recommended.
—Cheryl Ann Lajos

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300121650
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Allison N. Kemmerer is Curator of Art after 1950 and of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art. Elizabeth C. DeRose is an independent scholar.

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Table of Contents

Prints 7

Introduction and Acknowledgments Brian T. Allen Allen, Brian T. 178

Graphic Impulse Allison N. Kemmerer Kemmerer, Allison N. 182

Carroll Dunham: Restating Positions Elizabeth C. DeRose DeRose, Elizabeth C. 194

Third World Carroll Dunham Dunham, Carroll 206

Catalogue Raisonne 1984-2006 209

Key to the Catalogue 211

Glossary 249

Concordance: Catalogue Numbers and Accession Numbers 252

Index of Titles and Illustrations 254

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