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Joseph Goldyne: Books, Prints & Proofs opens in Green Library Bing Wing

Joseph Goldyne exhibit poster, Stanford University Libraries
A new exhibition on the second floor of the Green Library Bing Wing features the work of artist Joseph Goldyne, whose unique small-format prints using intaglio printmaking processes are credited with reviving the art of the varied edition monoprint beginning in the late 1970s. After earning a medical degree at UCSF (1968), Goldyne turned his full attention to art and never looked back. His work is informed by his study and documentation of human anatomy as well as his near-encyclopedic knowledge of art history, credentialed by a graduate degree in fine arts from Harvard.

Artists’ books and portfolios featuring Goldyne’s prints, some editioned and some unique collaborations with Master Calligrapher Thomas Ingmire, are the subject of this exhibition focusing on art practice. Many of the books are displayed along with Goldyne’s drawings, proofs, and other materials related to their development. Printmaking terms are defined and illustrated with tools, materials, and printing plates, and quotations by Goldyne’s collaborators regarding both the completed works and the processes of their creation pepper the show. An audiovisual component, skillfully converted, edited, and looped by SMPL’s Michael Angeletti, shows Goldyne discussing his approach to making art, and the proofing and printing of plates by Master Printers Kay Bradner and Robert Townsend.

Joseph Goldyne and Thomas Ingmire, unique book, William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: A Memorable Fancy, 1989. Calligraphy text with monotype: Inks and gold leaf on paper.
Ann Myers and Becky Fischbach worked closely with Joseph Goldyne to make selections for the exhibition along with Roberto Trujillo, who fielded Goldyne’s donation of archival materials to Special Collections. In conjunction with the show, Stanford Libraries is publishing a catalogue raisonné of Goldyne’s work in book, portfolio, and calligraphic sheet formats, forthcoming in late October. 
With the exception of two unique portfolios of monotypes in the show, “Night Lights,” a set of one-of-a-kind images on the theme of San Francisco at night drawn from memory, and “Produce,” a set of whimsical, witty prints of fruits and vegetables, Goldyne’s editioned work is the result of collaborations with fine press printers, designers, and hand binders in the Bay Area and on the East Coast. For further details and specifics about the works on display, go to
Joseph Goldyne, title page image for Five Ripe Pears,1996.Artists’ book with story by William Saroyan. Etching and letterpress on paper.