Block Collection Spotlight: Untitled, #49, Laura Letinsky

 Title: Untitled, #49 Artist: Laura Letinsky (1962- ) Nationality: Canadian Date: 2002 Medium: Archival inkjet print Credit Line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase funds contributed by Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross; 2014.1k Image Credit:  Copyright by Laura Letinsky; February 27, 2015. Courtesy Yancey Richardson Gallery Set in an interior space, a […]

Collection Spotlight: Solider and Bride by Jiří Anderle

  Jiří Anderle, Solider and Bride, 1980, drypoint and mezzotint with photograph. 1988.2. Jiří Anderle is a Czech artist born in 1936. Much of his work was collected by a Chicago couple, Jacques and Anne Baruch, who ran a gallery that focused on the contemporary art of Central and Eastern Europe. I love this print. […]

Collection Spotlight: Les fumeurs de hadchids (The hashish smokers)

Honoré Daumier, a painter, sculptor, illustrator, and printmaker, is perhaps most widely recognized for his poignant social satires. Persistently chastising politicians, royalty, lawyers, and other types through his artwork, Daumier found his place in Parisian publishing firms as a prolific lithographer, working predominantly for Maison Aubert. The ability to quickly and inexpensively reproduce images through […]

Collection Spotlight: Builders No. 3, Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence is considered one of the most influential African American painters and printmakers of the 20th century. At the age of thirteen, Lawrence moved from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to New York City, where he began attending art classes sponsored by the Works Progress Administration, and later at the the Harlem Art Workshop and […]

Collection Spotlight: Snow Does, Carol Wax

Carol Wax (American, b. 1953) is one of the foremost artists working in the medium of mezzotint printmaking. Mezzotint is a laborious form of intaglio printing in which the artist uses a metal tool with small teeth, commonly referred to as a “rocker,” to create pits, or burrs, on a metal plate that will hold […]

Collection Spotlight: The Peaceable Kingdom, Fritz Eichenberg

Fritz Eichenberg (American, b. German, 1901–1990) was one of the most prolific printmakers of the 20th-century, making wood engravings for newspapers, children’s books, classic literature, and social justice movements. Born to a Jewish family in Cologne, Germany, Eichenberg saw firsthand the devastation caused by World War I, which crafted his pacifist, antiwar sentiments. And when […]