Although best known for his woodblock prints, the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai was never satisfied with that medium, in which another hand, the block cutter’s, was expected to finish the work he himself had begun.
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This year, New Mexico celebrates the centenary of the arrival of Gustave Baumann, the master printmaker who captured the state’s magic—from its deserts to its deep forests.
One of the country’s finest collections of American color woodcuts is now being featured in the exhibition Blocks of Color: American Woodcuts from the 1890s to the Present at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, through January 3, 2010. The Zimmerli has one of the largest university print collections in the country …