Printmaking in Paris – Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

February 6, 2014
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Serge at the press - Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

Serge at the press – Atelier Lacourière et Frélaut

Parisians and most visitors know that Paris is a city for walking.  In addition to the must-see monuments, churches, and museums, whether on the narrow streets or along the broad avenues and boulevards, there are always discoveries to be found. Sometimes, as we wind our way through these rues and avenues, we are passing by interesting things that often go unnoticed, not knowing what we’ve just missed. Other times it’s as if a discovery was meant to be. It’s always a treat to see a placard on a building telling us

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Stone Lithography with Rudolf Broulim

January 31, 2014
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at the press in his Zwiindrecht, Belgium studio

Earlier this month, to celebrate the new year and share some images with friends, we brought out the old slide projector and pulled some slides from the archive. It was an evening filled with nostalgia, a hot lamp shining light through old transparencies, complete with dust and scratches, the sound of the fan, the aroma of hot dust, and to complete the experience, there was the obligatory stuck slide; we were lucky the bulb didn’t burn out as there were none to be had locally. All in all, it was a fun evening seeing these images again and sharing them with friends. It was also a reminder that the time had come to start that long put off scanning project. Now that scanning is underway I’ll be posting a variety of images, many shot with my favorite camera at the time, a Leica IIf, primarily using Kodachrome 25. These first images are in the atelier of master printer Rudolf Broulim,

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arttaj v.2

November 17, 2013
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My website has been live for one year and begins its second year this month. To mark the occasion, it has been updated with a new look and features, and a better infrastructure which should make it faster, easier to navigate, read, enjoy, and share.

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“9 from L.A.” – Wright Exhibition Space – Seattle

November 5, 2013
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All photos in this article are copyright Thomas Johnston 2013

Circle Blue, De Wain Valentine

 Last month I wrote about seeing eight Mark Di Suvero sculptures at Crissy Field in San Francisco. My post from last week was inspired by a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago and I listed a few of the artworks in the modern wing that I found compelling. It was like visiting old friends, and meeting some new ones. My post addressed just a few of the works I came across that day, things I hadn’t seen in a while, and some I only knew of through publications. It is always inspiring to revisit works, see them afresh, revel in their beauty, and see how they’ve changed in my perceptions and those of others.

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The Woman’s Board Grand Staircase

October 25, 2013
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The Woman's Board Grand Staircase - Art Institute of Chicago

The Woman’s Board Grand Staircase – Art Institute of Chicago

Another visit to that great museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, to see some of the new exhibitions, visit some favorites, and see what works the curators have brought out or installed in new locations. I found a new installation when I went to see how the light was working in the Grand Staircase.

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