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.

Inside the Printmaker’s Studio

This evening, a sold-out audience will look on as master printer Scip Barnhart demonstrates basic printmaking techniques on view in the exhibition Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme. Barnhart, who teaches printmaking, art of the book, and drawing at Georgetown University and is director of Union Printmakers Atelier, created a limited edition print for the occasion. He printed one for each participant and hung them up to dry in his studio last week, then sent us this photo.

Photo of master printer Scip Barnhart's studio where prints (lithograph) are drying

Special edition prints (lithograph) drying in the studio. Photo: Scip Barnhart

Special edition prints (intaglio) drying in the studio. Photo: Scip Barnhart

Special edition prints (intaglio) drying in the studio. Photo: Scip Barnhart