Printing the (Phillips) Diamond Jubilee

Photos of the plate and print proposed by Scip Barnhart for the Phillips's 60th anniversary

Plate and print proposed by Scip Barnhart for the Phillips's 60th anniversary. Photos: Scip Barnhart

Long before he led Thursday’s Jasper Johns-inspired printmaking demonstration, Scip Barnhart brought his master printer credentials to the Phillips. In 1981, Scip presented Marjorie Phillips with this proposal for a 60th anniversary commemorative print–an image of Duncan Phillips posed with furrowed brow before the museum’s original entrance, as if seen through a fishbowl or convex mirror. Though the print was not accepted for the diamond anniversary, Scip held onto it over more than 30 intervening years (it hangs framed on an upstairs wall of his home) and shared it with us as we prepared for a major exhibition focused on innovation in his medium of printmaking.

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