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Book Signing for New Ground: Jacob Samuel and Contemporary Etching
December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Music for the afternoon will be supplied by DJ Dave Muller.
Over the course of four decades, Santa Monica-based master printer and publisher Jacob Samuel has collaborated with some of the most influential painters, sculptors, photographers, performance artists, and musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries to make etchings, a medium grounded in techniques more than five centuries old. Through a traditional but maximally flexible approach, he was driven to prove that etching could be a successful contemporary medium, and the breadth, variety and creativity in the works he published is evidence of his success in making old master printmaking relevant to artists today. Published for an exhibition that draws from Mr. Samuel’s catalog of more than seventy projects, New Ground presents a selection of works by a diverse range of artists including Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Jonas Wood, Shio Kusaka, Barry McGee, Wangechi Mutu, Christopher Wool, Chris Burden, Nancy Rubins, Mona Hatoum, Rebecca Horn, Jannis Kounellis, Cristina Iglesias, Rita McBride, Josiah McElheny, Mathew Monahan, Meredith Monk, Gabriel Orozco, Gert and Uwe Tobias, Charline von Heyl, James Welling, and many more. This richly illustrated hardbound catalogue features an essay by curator Esther Adler, interviews with thirteen of the artists Samuel has worked with, and a checklist detailing every project published by Edition Jacob Samuel in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. A brand new example additionally signed by master etcher – and decades-long Arcana pal Jacob Samuel.