Robert Broner's "A Life in Print: A Retrospective Exhibition" Five Decades of Works by Renowned Printmaker and Teacher of Generations of Artists

Monday, May 3, 1999

March 1-July 16, 1999 -- HUC-JIR, New York

"A Life in Print: A Retrospective Exhibition" presents five decades of works by Robert Broner, the renowned printmaker and teacher of generations of artists, reflecting Jewish themes and innovative printmaking techniques. The exhibition includes etchings of the New York subway scene from the 1950's, electric circuit prints from the 1960's, metal collage prints made in Israel in the 1970's, and large figurative woodcuts portraying the fantasy/reality of flight and falling made in the 1980's and 1990's.

Robert Broner introduced many printing techniques central to the growth of twentieth century fine art graphics. In a New York one-man-show in 1955, he exhibited an original development of the monotype, the Texture Imprint. Broner was one of the first to print from found electric circuits when circuit boards were still in their infancy. He also printed from metal collages, and used various photo processes combined with xeroxed images. More recently, the artist began a series of exceptionally large wood collage prints, each consisting of thirty to seventy separate pieces.

His works are in many museum collections, including the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Israel; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Broner was a weekly art columnist for the Detroit Times, as well as art correspondent for Art in America, Craft Horizons, Art News, and New Art Examiner; he founded Print News, a journal for printmakers. He is past president of SAGA, the Society of American Graphics Artists.

He trained printmakers at the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, in the Art Department of Wayne State University, and at Cooper Union in New York. Broner also taught in Israel -- in the Art Department of Haifa University and at Bezalel Art Academy at Hebrew University.

An extensive color catalogue of the exhibition will be available, listing etchings, monoprints, woodblock prints, sculptured paper and paintings, selected from the last fifty years of Broner's work. The check list provides titles, dates, and dimensions.

Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 9 AM-6 PM 
Fridays, 9 AM-3 PM 
Selected Sundays (April 25, and May 2), 10 AM-3 PM.
Admission: Free
Group Tours: Please call (212) 824-2205 and 
leave group name, number, and contact person.

This exhibition has been made possible, in part, with the support of Rita and John Grunwald and the Richard Florsheim Art Fund.


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