With the support of the Tyler Graphics team, Frank Stella was able to create innovative prints that radically reinterpreted the possibilities of printmaking processes and materials. One of our favourite stories about working with Stella is Rodney Konopaki’s recollections of using 17,000 Q-tips to remove ink from the intaglio plates for the Swan engravings series. This project, which developed concurrently with the ground-breaking Circuits series, was radical for the way sculptural cut-offs were assembled onto a board to create a […]
Frank Stella’s Circuits series 1982–84 represents a dramatic shift in Stella’s attitude toward printmaking.
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The creation of the three dimensional Moby Dick (domes) series 1992 was one of the most technically challenging printmaking projects that Kenneth Tyler and Stella undertook in over thirty years of collaboration. To achieve their ambition of creating an edition of sculptural prints, Tyler and his team spent nearly six years perfecting a process that literally pushed printmaking into a new dimension.
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It’s been a big week here at the NGA as we’ve busily been installing Frank Stella: The Kenneth Tyler Print Collection.
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Artist Frank Stella and master printer Kenneth Tyler played a significant role in the development of twentieth-century American printmaking. Throughout his career, Stella has been a constant adventurer and highwire act, an ‘unstoppable risk-taker’, as collaborator Tyler described him in April this year.
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Anthony Kirk was head of the etching department at Tyler Graphics from 1988 until 2000. Here, Kirk reflects on his experiences at TGL
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As curators we have a tendency to focus on the artwork, the finished product; however this is only ever part of the equation. The technical nature of printmaking often necessitates collaboration and team work in order to successfully execute a print. Indeed, the prodigious output of the Tyler workshops was reliant on the efforts of a dedicated and hard-working team of talented printers and staff, a fact which we have endeavoured to reflect on the Team page of our website. The […]
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Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm June 4 – July 5 2013 http://www.wetterlinggallery.com/ On June 4 the Wetterling Gallery in Stockholm opened a new exhibition of Frank Stella’s recent sculptures. The large brightly coloured works are a continuation of the Scarlatti Sonata Kilpatric series that Stella began in 2006, which explores the dynamic sense of movement achieved in music. You can read more about the sculptures and the exhibition here: http://www.wetterlinggallery.com/exhibitions/frank-stella-recent-work Ken and Marabeth Tyler joined Stella in Stockholm for the opening of the exhibition, and took the […]
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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 […]
Over the past few months we have been compiling new information for the Gallery’s Kenneth Tyler printmaking collection website, and working to make the site easier to use. The results are now online for you to explore here: http://nga.gov.au/InternationalPrints/Tyler/Default.cfm?MnuID=12 An important addition to the site is the new Tyler Graphics Ltd (TGL) team page, dedicated to the immensely talented group of printers and workshop staff that made the astonishing print projects produced at TGL possible. This page reveals the truly […]
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As promised, a short clip from our newly digitised film and sound collection is ready and waiting for you to watch through Vimeo. This footage shows Frank Stella discussing the making of his epic print The fountain, 1992. More material will be made available as we identify and catalogue our large holdings: you can expect to see artists in action as well as Ken Tyler and his staff inking plates, operating the presses, making paper and much, much more. Stay tuned! […]
To those of us unfamiliar with printmaking, its technical processes can seem mysterious. Especially in the workshops of Kenneth Tyler, where 500-tonne printing presses were housed alongside antique Bavarian lithography stones; where staff in white overalls and rubber boots sprayed paper pulp from moving platforms above works of art; and where traditional Japanese woodblock and papermaking methods were employed in the same rooms as photo-mechanical techniques, the engineering of kinetic sculptures, and the making of vast, colourful mixed-media prints in […]
Last month Frank Stella was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s (ISC) Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala event in New York City. Established in 1991, the award recognises artists whose sculptural practice has made ‘exemplary contributions to the field of sculpture’ and who are considered ‘masters of sculptural processes and techniques’. Stella and Ken Tyler share a collaborative working history that spans three decades and countless innovative projects across an astounding range of media. Tyler was invited by ISC to give […]
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