Joseph Goldyne: Books, Prints & Proofs

Joseph Goldyne exhibit poster

The Stanford University Libraries' Department of Special Collections presents an exhibition of artists' books featuring monoprints, etchings, and monotypes by Joseph Goldyne. Studies and proofs from Goldyne's archive, a recent gift to the Stanford University Libraries, document the processes by which the images were created. Joseph Goldyne: Books, Prints & Proofs will be on display through March 13, 2016 in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda on the second floor of the Bing Wing of Green Library, Stanford University. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Born in Chicago in 1942, Goldyne earned an AB in art history from UC-Berkeley and an MD from UCSF before attending graduate school in fine arts at Harvard. A scholar as well as a practicing artist, he has written extensively about art and art collecting, and exhibited widely. His work is in numerous public art collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Goldyne is devoted to printmaking on a small scale and to making unique images that combine painting, drawing, and printing techniques. A deep knowledge of art history, skilled rendering, imagination inspired by literary themes, and playful wit characterize the works on display, which span four decades of Goldyne's work in book and portfolio formats. Several of the books are collaborative efforts with notable designers, printers, and binders. Also included are numerous prints and unique books produced in collaboration with Master Calligrapher Thomas Ingmire.

The earliest work on display, the unique volume Women 9 (1976), is also the first of his collaborations with Ingmire. Nine monotypes pay homage to well-known paintings of women by artists who include Rembrandt van Rijn, Édouard Vuillard, and Pablo Picasso, and range from the contemplative to the surreal.

Another early work, Ten Firsts (1978), takes an ironic view of current artistic innovation. Goldyne assigned a pretentious, witty title proclaiming a "first" in some trifling, albeit unique, combination of subjects to each of the ten aquatints in the portfolio.


For Diary of a Young Girl (Het Achterhuis) (1985), a fortieth-anniversary publication of Anne Frank's diary issued in a limited edition by Pennyroyal Press, Goldyne traveled with his eleven-year-old daughter to Amsterdam to study the settings for the images. Ten etchings in a tall narrow format that conveys the confinement of the house as well as the literal point of view of its occupants accompany Frank's text.

Quartet (1986), published by Pacific Editions and designed and printed at Arif Press in Berkeley, features five monotypes by Goldyne and four essays by physician and essayist Dr. Lewis Thomas. Various state proofs of the images are on display along with a video created by Goldyne and Kay Bradner, who did the proofing of the prints, to instruct editioning printer Robert Townsend in the inking methods used to achieve the desired results.

Three of the artists' books on display represent Goldyne's recurrent collaborations with designer/printer Peter Koch, Berkeley, whose archive is also in Stanford's Special Collections. Five Ripe Pears (1996), a limited edition of the bittersweet children's story by William Saroyan, incorporates ten intaglio prints by Goldyne. Oda a la Tipografía | Ode to Typography (1998) by Pablo Neruda, translated by Stephen Kessler, is typeset in Spanish and English on facing pages and sequenced with six small-format aquatints.

Ink will still be wet on Hard High-Country Poems (2015) by Michelangelo Buonarroti Simoni, selected and translated into English by renowned Canadian author and translator Robert Bringhurst. The book includes a drypoint portrait of Michelangelo by Goldyne and is printed letterpress on vintage paper from hand-set Vicenza & Arrighi type formerly in the collection of Adrian Wilson at The Press in Tuscany Alley, San Francisco. It is issued with a companion volume about the type, The Typographic Legacy of Ludovico degli Arrighi.

Exhibition Catalogue
In conjunction with the exhibition, Joseph Goldyne: Catalogue Raisonné of Books, Portfolios, and Calligraphic Sheets includes an essay by Robert Bringhurst and contributions by several of Goldyne's collaborators, among them designer/printer Peter R. Koch; Master Printers Robert Townsend and Kay Bradner, and Master Calligrapher Thomas Ingmire. Select the publications tab for pricing and ordering information.