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“Imprint”

Pasadena Art Museum

Devoting almost its entire space in a multi-section celebration of the Fourth Biennial Print Exhibition, the museum begins by neatly surveying art history from its own permanent collection. Outstandingly powerful and well-chosen samples form the 15th through 19th century European and Japanese selections. A lesser level marks the accompanying 20th century European masters, the exception being the in-depth showing of the ever-present Blue Four.

The dubious poems of Walasse Ting in his volume 1c life, illustrated by twenty-eight European and American contemporaries provides an opportunity to mention particularly the excellent, loosely geometric efforts of Alfred Jensen and Kimber Smith from among the dozen on view.

Examples from the twin apostles of the proposed lithographic renaissance, Tamarind Lithography Workshop Inc. and Universal Limited Art Editions display the major American names,

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