The Tate Britain has a fantastic collection of works on paper which can be seen for free. Last week I spent a few happy hours poring over prints by Peter Doig, Frank Stella and Masami Teraoka among others. The amazing thing was that you could get so close to the prints you could practically smell the paint, and appreciate the technique and tactility of the surface of the paper.

We marvelled in semi disgust at the uninhibited craziness of the Stella prints with puff binders and mad collaged spirals, and spent a long time debating whether the black on the Teraoka print was an aquatint or a woodblock printed mark. We searched out lithographs from the 20th century ; collaborative prints printed with Ken Tyler; had a look at Rauchenberg’s range of marks and appropriated imagery; and finally contemplated Doig’s portfolios of pinkish snow. IT was a fascinating day.

Super close up of Donald Sultan’s “Black Flower, Sept 26th 1999” with his bold signature contributing to the range of blakcs and greys in the piece.

A Stella print, with lots of different techniques all jumbled up and fighting for attention.

Umberto Giovannini and Gini Wade hang out with Teraoka’s prints

Close up of “Catfish Envy”

“From Here to Eternity” 1993

Helen Frankenthaler

Rauschenberg

Gini makes some notes in front of Peter Doig’s etchings.

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