Marking the beginning of the new ongoing series ‘Reflections on’, this month Assistant Curator of the Kenneth Tyler Collection Ella Morrison responds to the six lithographs that comprise Joe Goode’s ‘The English still life series’ (1967).
In conjunction with the exhibition ‘David Hockney Prints’ a selection of cancellation proofs are currently on display at the National Gallery of Australia, offering viewers a rare glimpse at this little known practice of print workshops.
Categories: Artists, Behind-the-scenes, Gemini GEL • Tags: Alice Desmond, Art, canberra, cancellation proofs, David Hockney, hockney, Kenneth Tyler, National Gallery of Australia, printmaking, prints, Tyler Collection
Spanning nearly four decades, the history of the Tyler workshops is a rich and complex one, weaving together artists, printers, papermakers, industry collaborators, photographers, writers, film makers, curators, family and friends. Over the years, many of these people sat, mused and even worked in an antique barber’s chair carefully selected by Ken Tyler for the studio. In today’s post, Tyler reveals the story of this unusual workshop fixture. In 1965, when I set up […]
Categories: Behind-the-scenes, Gemini GEL, Gemini Ltd., Tyler Graphics Ltd • Tags: artists, candid photography, Gemini GEL, Gemini Ltd, Kenneth Tyler, Koken barber chair, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Tyler Graphics Ltd
The 1976 documentary film Reaching out: Ken Tyler, master printer takes viewers into renowned print workshop Gemini GEL, Los Angeles, providing us with behind-the-scenes footage of master printer Ken Tyler at work with Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney.
Julia Greenstreet, Curatorial Assistant, Kenneth Tyler Collection, reflects on the prints of Anni Albers – one of the 20th century’s most influential textile artists and a brilliant printmaker. Anni Albers (1899 – 1994) began her career as a weaver and only turned to printmaking when she was in her sixties. At the core of both her textiles and prints are a set of fundamental principles established during her years at the Bauhaus Weaving Workshop which guide her creative process […]
Categories: Artists, Gemini GEL, Tyler Graphics Ltd • Tags: Anni Albers, aquatint, Bauhaus, etching, Gemini GEL, Josef Albers, Kenneth Tyler, lithograph, lithography, National Gallery of Australia, printmaking, prints, Tamarind Lithography Workshop, textiles, Tyler Collection, Tyler Graphics Ltd, weaving
Following our recent look at Anthony Caro’s paper sculptures produced at Tyler Graphics we wanted to discuss the importance of papermaking in Tyler’s workshops and the innovative ways in which handmade papers were used. As this story spans almost four decades we’ve just touched on a few things here and hope to explore it further in the new year with a dedicated ‘paper page’ on our website. Upon opening his own workshop in 1965, Tyler began a long and involved […]
Categories: Artists, Behind-the-scenes, Gemini GEL, Tyler Graphics Ltd, Uncategorized • Tags: France, Gemini GEL, paper pulp, papermaking, Richard de Bas paper mill, Robert Rauschenberg, Tyler Graphics Ltd
Each year the International Print Center New York (IPCNY), an institution ‘dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of fine art prints’ holds a spring benefit honouring luminaries of the print world. This year art writer Faye Hirsch, artist Robert Mangold and master-printer Ken Tyler were the honourees celebrated at a function on May 15. Frank Stella, Tyler’s long-time friend and collaborator, presented Tyler with his award and gave a presentation discussing Tyler’s unique printmaking career. These images were taken during the […]
Earlier this month Vogue Australia contacted us for permission to use two of our fabulous Josef Albers prints for their January 2013 issue. This got us thinking about the unique relationship that Kenneth Tyler shared with Albers, and below we have compiled some candid shots to accompany a brief history of the artist and master printer’s working relationship. Tyler and Albers first worked together at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop. When Tyler moved to Los Angeles in 1965 to set […]
To celebrate the National Year of Reading the children’s gallery here at the NGA is showing Word Pictures, an exhibition that focuses on the use of text in works of art. Four artists from the Tyler Collection – Jasper Johns, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Rauschenberg – are represented. Below we have compiled a selection of images showing these important artists at work on projects featured – or related to those featured – in the exhibition. Hover your cursor […]
Categories: Artists, Exhibitions, Gemini GEL, Multiples, Tyler Graphics Ltd • Tags: Bruce Nauman, children's gallery, Claes Oldenburg, exhibitions, Gemini GEL, Jasper Johns, Kenneth Tyler, multiples, National Gallery of Australia, National Year of Reading, Robert Rauschenberg, Tyler Graphics Ltd, Word pictures
The International Print collection at the National Gallery of Australia has a special, historic connection to Robert Hughes. In 1973 – almost a decade before the Gallery opened its doors to the public – Hughes alerted then director James Mollison to the fact that master-printer Kenneth Tyler was looking to sell his collection of printers’ proofs. Tyler, who set up the Gemini GEL workshop in Los Angeles, had decided to move to the east coast and was looking for a […]
Bruce Nauman, Pay attention, 1973 Unlikely as it may seem, a work from the Tyler collection of post-war American prints is hung at the entrance to unDisclosed the second National Indigenous Art Triennial here at the National Gallery of Australia. The lithograph, emblazoned with words ‘PAY ATTENTION MOTHER FUCKERS’ printed in reverse, certainly catches our attention: but what is it doing here, as we enter an exhibition of contemporary art by some of the country’s leading Indigenous artists? Bruce Nauman’s […]
The votes are in! You asked for more candid photographs from behind the scenes, so we thought we would begin with an overview of this unique collection. The Tyler candid photography collection contains thousands of rare candid photographs of artists at work in the Tyler workshops, as well as in their own studios. The collection is an invalubale resource for students, teachers, scholars and fans of printmaking, providing a unique insight into the working methods of Tyler and his dedicated workshop […]
Categories: Artists, Behind-the-scenes, Gemini GEL, Tyler Graphics Ltd • Tags: candid photography, Facebook, Helen Frankenthaler, James Rosenquist, Josef Albers, Kenneth Tyler, lithograph, Nancy Graves, National Gallery of Australia, Paul Jenkins, Tyler Collection
It is with regret that we report the death of Kenneth Price on February 24, and extend our sympathies to his family and friends. Price worked on a series of prints with Kenneth Tyler at Gemini GEL in the early 1970s, but is best known for his ceramic sculptures. The National Gallery holds an example of his ceramic work in the International Painting and Sculpture collection: http://artsearch.nga.gov.au/Detail.cfm?IRN=116123 The prints Price produced at Gemini GEL are boldly coloured and often feature […]