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Mark your calendar for:

A gallery talk with Karl Kasten
"Gauguin's Printmaking Secrets"
=46riday, 7 pm
August 27
free
at the San Francisco Center for the Book
300 de Haro at 16th
more info: 415 565 0545

LEARN A NEW TECHNIQUE AND EXPERIENCE FIRST-HAND  the history of revolution
in printmaking. Like Gauguin, printmaker Karl Kasten is as concerned with
the process of artistic creation as he is with the result. Kasten,
professor emeritus-U.C. Berkeley, has revived a long-lost monoprint
technique developed by Gauguin at the turn of the century. This technique
combines the immediacy of a drawing with the texture of a monoprint, giving
it a unique accessibility and adaptability. Kasten shares this process and
its history during his gallery talk.

-- Kasten has redefined the print and helped to bring printmaking to a fine
art status. His work combines linear pattern and broad areas of color with
a refined knowledge of form. It is the combination of the abstract and the
traditional which marks both Kasten's and Gauguin's work. Kasten's gallery
talk will be a window on his artistic process and his interpretation of
Gauguin's.

-- Kasten's rediscovery of Gauguin's monoprint technique will also be
showcased in the limited edition book designed and produced in
collaboration with the Center. We'll probably have a very limited edition
sample of the technique in broadside form just for attendees of the gallery
talk. The gallery talk and book production are part of the on-going Karl
Kasten retrospective exhibition being held at the Center and at the
California Heritage Gallery, also located at 300 de Haro. Both exhibitions
run until August 27, 1999 (coinciding with the gallery talk!)

-- The 64-page catalog was written by the exhibition's curator, Dr. Susan
Landauer, Chief Curator of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Center's
founding curator, with an introduction by Robert Flynn Johnson, curator of
the Achenbach Foundation. Partially funded by the Florsheim Foundation and
the Charles Schwab Company, it was designed by Kathleen Burch, beautifully
printed by George Lithograph, and bound by Cardoza-James. With many 4-color
plates & duotones, it is available for $15 softcover, $25 hardcover. The
limited edition artist's book is letterpress printed on archival Rives,
with nine illustrations by Karl Kasten produced using Gauguin=EDs printmakin=
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method, and available for $50 .


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