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Pedro de Lemos (American, 1882–1954), Old Pines at Monterey," c. 1921, color woodcut, 2017.64

Marla J. Kinney | Cut and Color: Prints in the Arts and Crafts Tradition

The handcraft aesthetic of the early 1900s produced a flowering of color woodcuts, a medium that relied not on machines but elbow grease: each print was carved, inked, and printed by hand. Taking a cue from newly imported Japanese prints, American and European artists simplified and stylized their images, discovering novel ways to capture nature—interpreting it rather than imitating it. The prints in “Color Woodcuts in the Arts and Crafts Era”—more than half made by women—are refreshingly candid in showing the marks of their making, an Arts and Crafts characteristic we will explore.

A fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings, Marla J. Kinney curated “Color Woodcuts in the Arts and Crafts Era,” which reflects her ongoing effort to expand Mia’s color woodcut collection. She is a regular contributor to Mia’s exhibition programs and a contributing author to Mia’s publications on the Herschel V. Jones Collection, Vermillion Editions, and Master Drawings.

Presented by the Prints and Drawings Affinity Group.

$10, $5 My Mia members; free to members of the Prints and Drawings Affinity Group. Click here to reserve tickets.

Pedro de Lemos (American, 1882–1954), Old Pines at Monterey," c. 1921, color woodcut, 2017.64