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Join Views on Art host, Ruth Bowman, as she speaks with art publisher, Rosa Esman of Tanglewood Press to discuss contemporary American graphics and editioned art.
Although the concept of editioned artworks, or multiples, was not new to the 20th century, many would credit Marcel Duchamp with the origins of the modern multiple in his Readymades, artworks brought about by a re-contextualization of manufactured objects. Readymades like Duchamp’s Fountain were a clear influence for later works of the 1960s and ‘70s.
The prevalence of Pop Art in the 1960s brought the concept of artists’ multiples to its peak. For Pop Artists, the production of multiples was seen as a democratization of art that also reflected the subject at hand. According to art historian, Barbara Heinrich, multiples were “a way of discussing the problem of the ‘original,’ the social status of artistic work and the relationship of art to commodities.”
In this episode of Views on Art, Ruth Bowman interviews art publisher, Rosa Esman, of Tanglewood Press, Inc. Esman talks about her transition from art dealer to publisher and the various works published by the press to date. She goes into some detail regarding their notable 7 Objects in a Box project, and the Pop Art box in particular, featuring the works of artists Allan D’Arcangelo, Jim Dine, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, George Segal, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselman. Esman and Bowman go on to discuss the issues that arise from the concept of art multiples, from notions of the ‘original,’ to copyright and the shifting role played by art galleries.
WNYC archives id: 8651