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Contemporary Prints

Printmaking maintains its connection to its roots as a commercial process for mass-reproduction of images through offset lithography and screen printing. Partially as a reaction to commercial use, and partially in acknowledgement of the versatility of the medium, contemporary artists celebrate various printmaking techniques to create magnificent original and editioned works.

Experimentation with different materials is pervasive amongst contemporary printmakers, and has become especially important to artists now that inkjet prints and other photomechanical means of reproducing images are simple and inexpensive. Artists print onto unexpected materials and use unconventional techniques, even incorporating inject prints, to create large scale works that stand on their own as unique works.


Quick Facts

  • The Israeli artist Yaacov Agam created the agamograph, or a lenticular print, using a combination of two different images and a lenticular lens. This type of print allows the viewer to see three different images depending upon where he or she is standing
  • Beginning in the 1960s, artist Frank Stella often combined lithography, silkscreen, and Intaglio and relief printing techniques to create mixed media works within the artists abstract style
  • Recent works by Chuck Close combine various printmaking techniques to create pieces that are simultaneously abstractions within figural works

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Alexander Calder – Enfoncer le Mot
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Alexander Calder – Enfoncer le Mot
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €600
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Rupprecht Geiger – Ohne Titel
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Est: €0- €800
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Robert Motherwell – Ohne Titel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Robert Motherwell – Ohne Titel
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €2,000
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Jean Fautrier – Les Massacrés
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Jean Fautrier – Les Massacrés
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €1,000
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Heinrich Vogeler – Froschbraut
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Heinrich Vogeler – Froschbraut
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Est: €0- €500
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Werner Berges – Paar
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Werner Berges – Paar
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Est: €0- €300
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Mappenwerke – One Cent Life
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
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by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €4,000
€3,0001 Bid
INDIANA, ROBERT (EIGTL. CLARK, ROBERT): Love-Briefmarkenblock.
May 02, 9:00 AM CEST
INDIANA, ROBERT (EIGTL. CLARK, ROBERT): Love-Briefmarkenblock.
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF230- CHF450
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Eduardo Chillida – Dentro y Fuera (Innen und Außen)
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Eduardo Chillida – Dentro y Fuera (Innen und Außen)
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Est: €0- €800
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Rupprecht Geiger – Oranger Kreis mit gelbem Kranz auf Weiß
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Rupprecht Geiger – Oranger Kreis mit gelbem Kranz auf Weiß
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €500
€4001 Bid
Untitled (Smile-ism No. 25)
May 16, 12:00 PM JST
Untitled (Smile-ism No. 25)
by Mallet Auction
Est: ¥150,000- ¥200,000
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Günther Uecker – Ohne Titel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Günther Uecker – Ohne Titel
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Est: €0- €1,000
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Roy Lichtenstein – As I Opened Fire Poster
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Roy Lichtenstein – As I Opened Fire Poster
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Est: €0- €5,000
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Grass, Günter
May 04, 10:00 AM CEST
Grass, Günter
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Est: €120- €180
€1200 Bids
Jiri Georg Dokoupil – Estiércol de Toro, Espartaco
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Jiri Georg Dokoupil – Estiércol de Toro, Espartaco
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Est: €0- €200
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Jonas Burgert – Gift gegen Zeit
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Est: €0- €300
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Jean Tinguely – Theaterbrunnen Basel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Jean Tinguely – Theaterbrunnen Basel
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €800
€6000 Bids
Les Levine – Help Heal (Billboard Layout)
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Les Levine – Help Heal (Billboard Layout)
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Est: €0- €300
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Almir Mavignier – Ohne Titel (Spiegel 70)
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Almir Mavignier – Ohne Titel (Spiegel 70)
by Dr. Andreas Sturies Moderne Kunst & Auktionen
Est: €0- €400
€3000 Bids
Asger Jorn – La Tête carrée
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Asger Jorn – La Tête carrée
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Est: €0- €1,000
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Rosemarie Trockel – New Präsident
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Rosemarie Trockel – New Präsident
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Est: €0- €200
€1500 Bids
Peter Blake (b.1932) Fag Packets (Ardath Tipped)
Apr 24, 1:00 PM BST
Peter Blake (b.1932) Fag Packets (Ardath Tipped)
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Est: £500- £700
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Tim Fishlock (b.1973) Nope
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