American Monotype Art



"Monotyping is a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface....The image is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, usually using a printing-press....Monotyping produces a unique print, or monotype; most of the ink is removed during the initial pressing. Although subsequent reprintings are sometimes possible, they differ greatly from the first print and are generally considered inferior." -Wikipedia


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Monotype Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Charles Ward (1900 ­ 1962) Returns to Bucks County (5/28/04)

Alan Magee: Paintings -- Sculpture -- Graphics (4/26/04)

Vessels/Viage: Harold Garde (1/23/04)

The Art of Romare Bearden (9/23/03, rev. 12/20/03)

More Than One: Prints and Portfolios from Center Street Studio, Boston (8/27/03)

An American Legacy, A Gift to New York (10/8/02)

Eugene Higgins, 1874-1958: Artist of Honor; essay by Vincenza Uccello (10/31/01)

Heightened Realities: The Monotypes of Ruth Weinberg (3/21/01)

Intimate Expressions: Two Centuries of American Drawings (6/15/00)

Carol Anthony: A Place of Inner Stillness (3/7/99)

Carol Mothner: Monotypes of Birds' Nests and Flowers (1/29/99)

Days of the Dead II (9/98)

Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America (4/4/97)

Nathan Oliveira at California Palace of the Legion of Honor


TFAO references:

As of 12/5/13 TFAO Digital Library contained 70 pages referencing the word "Monotypes."


From other websites:

Monotyping, from Wikipedia, Accessed August, 2015.

Singular Impressions: The Monotypes in America, an exhibit from Smithsonian American Art Museum, Accessed August, 2015.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum provides streaming media programming. Some videos are available through the Museum's website section Online Exhibitions for selected exhibitions, and others through a YouTube channel. See The Monotype Process (8-minutes) Accessed May, 2015.


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