Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is a print?

What is a print?

An image or text reproduced using a template or master form. Prints are normally created by moving ink through a screen or from a prepared matrix to another material or a sheet of paper. Common matrices used include copper/zinc metal plates or etching/engraving polymer plates; aluminum, stone, or polymer; wood engravings or woodcut blocks; and linoleum to be used for linocuts. A print can also be used to mean an impression.

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Silkscreen

Silkscreen is a method for making prints using a screen made of silk or some other mesh fabric. The screen is prepared with a substance which only allows the ink forced through it to print in selected areas. Each color used needs a separate screen.

Land Art

Also referred to as Earth art, Earthworks or Environmental art. Primarily, it is a sculptural movement that encompasses creative artwork that integrates conceptual or physical elements of the earth or landscape to a finished piece.

Hard Edge art

Hard Edge art is a style of abstract painting which became popular in the 1960s. It included areas of color differentiated by the use of crisp, sharp edges which are precisely painted with geometric precision. Jules Langster described the art as hard-edge painting.

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