Chronology MMoCA Collects


American Print Renaissance (1960–1975)

The American print renaissance is an important chapter in the history of printmaking. Giving what had been a European legitimacy to collaborations between recognized artists and master printers, a new group of print publishers in the later 1950s and 1960s fostered a significant revival of lithography and gave new prestige to the formerly commercial medium of silkscreening. A new generation of younger print collectors arose who could now have authentic expressions of important painters whose work would otherwise be too expensive to acquire.

Unlike earlier American painters, only some of whom turned to printmaking as an important medium, most artists of the 1960s and 1970s made prints an integral part of their work. Artists such as Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenberg, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol number among the great printmakers of the twentieth century.