About the Exhibition
The contemporary woodblock print incorporates artistic practices that span continents and centuries; the earliest surviving examples date from eighth century China (where the printmaking process and paper were first developed) to eighteenth century Japan, late nineteenth century Europe, and early twentieth century America. This exhibition features a variety of prints created by both contemporary artists and those practicing up to 100 years ago. Of special significance in the history of woodblock printmaking is the white-line woodblock print, also know as the Provincetown Print, which was developed by a small group of artists working in Provincetown during the quiet winter months of 1915-1916.
The Provincetown Print has become a hallmark of the innovative artistic output that has distinguished our community for over one hundred years. The white-line woodblock technique continues to be practiced by Cape Cod artists who exhibit and teach at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum today. PAAM gratefully acknowledges Helen and Napi Van Dereck for allowing us to showcase this unprecedented body of work.