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150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian

Larry Rivers, born 1923
Last Civil War Veteran
Color lithograph, published by Universal Limited Art Editions, 1961
Museum purchase, 1961

Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), founded by Tatyana Grosman on Long Island in 1957, infused a dynamic new energy into American printmaking, especially lithography. ULAE publications featured collaborations among painters, poets, sculptors, and printmakers that created new art forms and technical innovations. Artists like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, and many others, who had not previously focused on printmaking, went on to produce major prints after the early 1960s, inspired by studios like ULAE. Enlivened by the creativity emerging from these studios, the print market has expanded greatly since the 1960s, attracting a new generation of collectors.

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