Los Angeles

Arne Wolf

Feigen/Palmer Gallery

The large hand-burnished woodcuts of Arne Wolf commissioned by the Feigen/Palmer Gallery for holiday presentation exploit Biblical themes (though not the Christmas story). Genesis was the inspiration for the prints and direct quotes stated in a variety of type styles are arranged into shapes with little symbolic reference. The massive proportions and extensive use of color prompted the small editions of only ten copies each. Emphatic color registrations through the hand-burnishing method of printing are rare, but Wolf managed to do so consistently. The artist migrated from Germany in the early 1950s and is presently teaching at Berkeley.

Curt Opliger