Wednesday, June 19, 2019

George Miller and American Lithography

“Steel Valley,” 1936, Louis Lozowick, Lithograph, 9 3/8 x 13 ⅜ inches.
(Gift of Steven and Stephanie Wasser, 2017.74. Printed by George C. Miller, published by Associated American Artists.)
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State will be hosting “George Miller and American Lithography,” an exhibition highlighting George Miller’s influential works and the role he played in making fine art lithography an accessible medium in the early years of the 20th century. The exhibition opens on June 18, 2019, and will be on view through September 15, 2019.

Drawn entirely from the museum’s own collection, the exhibition will bring together 38 prints by notable artists who worked with the master printer George Miller (1894-1965) to create some of their most memorable and recognizable works.

“In the years following World War I, lithography very quickly became a major means of expression for hundreds of artists in this country. The finest way to tell this story is to focus on the one person who was responsible for the success of so many artists who took an interest in exploring the medium, and that is George Miller,” said curator Patrick McGrady, referring to Miller’s contribution in the field of lithography.

At the turn of the century, quality lithographic printing was accomplished only by commercial firms for whom small editions were not economically viable. American artists either traveled to Europe to have their work professionally printed or struggled with their own presses to master the complicated process. After privately helping George Bellows and others to realize their lithographs, Miller, then head of the proofing department at the American Lithographic Company, quit his position in 1917 to set up his own workshop in New York City dedicated to fine art lithography.

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