The Ken Tyler video archive comprises over 40 hours of recorded screen and sound content, documenting Tyler’s fascinating collaborations with artists including Anthony Caro, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Terence La Noue, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, John Newman, James Rosenquist, Steve Sorman and Frank Stella.

The National Gallery of Australia hopes to be able to make much of this material accessible online via this website, including titles such as Reaching out 1973 (with Hockney and Lichtenstein), Welcome to the water planet 1989 (with Rosenquist) and Imaginary places 1997 (with Stella).

Welcome to the water planet

Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes: Tyler Graphics at work presents a unique selection of this material. Elaborate graphic artworks from a diverse range of artists are shown here in the context of their making. Through candid photographs and a series of specially produced short films, this exhibition takes us behind the scenes at Tyler Graphics Ltd, investigating the processes of printmaking, and illuminating the collaborative relationships between artist and printmaker.

La Noue

The big Americans

Lichtenstein walkthrough

Jaklyn Babington, Curator of International Prints, Drawings & Illustrated Books and curator of Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix, takes you on a walkthrough of the exhibition held at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 20 July 2013 – 27 January 2014.

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Duration 6:38 minutes

The big Americans

Entablature Project

Ken Tyler discusses the Entablature series of 1976 within the exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix. These prints represent the pinnacle of technical complexity in Lichtenstein's collaboration with Tyler and the staff at Tyler Graphics. Produced over two years, the series incorporates screenprinting, lithography, collage and embossing.

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Duration 4:18 minutes

(Detail) Roy Lichtenstein, 'Entablature II', 1976, screenprint, lithograph, metal foil collage, embossing, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1976. more detail

The big Americans

Reflections on Roy the happy art maker 1969–1994

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: Pop remix at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Ken Tyler shares his experiences of working with artist Roy Lichtenstein in a collaboration spanning almost 30 years.
Recorded at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra in July 2013.

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Duration 56:42 minutes

Kenneth Tyler in front of a selection of pages from Walasse Ting’s ‘One Cent Life’at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, July 2013

The big Americans

The big Americans:
The art of collaboration

Ken Tyler is interviewed by artist and writer Robin Wallace-Crabbe within the exhibition The big Americans: The art of collaboration. During the video Tyler discusses his collaboration over 40 years with the artists David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella, whose works are featured in the exhibition.

Recorded at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra by the Australian Broadcasting Commission in October 2002.

Duration 10:10 minutes
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Kenneth Tyler and David Hockney comparing proofs for Hockney’s ‘Hotel Acatlan: first day’ from the ‘Moving focus’ series, on offset lithography press bed, Tyler Graphics Ltd workshop, Bedford Village, New York, 1985
Photographer: Steven Sloman.

Sort of a commercial for an icebag

Claes Oldenburg�s 16mm colour film produced at Gemini GEL in 1970, in conjunction with his Ice bag print editions and multiples.

Directed by Michel Hugo, choreographed by Eric Saarinen, edited by John Hoffman, sound by Howard Chesley.
Digitised and edited by the National Film & Sound Archive, 2009.

Duration: 15.09 minutes
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Claes Oldenburg contemplates his programmed kinetic sculpture multiple 'Ice bag - scale B' as it rotates slowly, Gemini GEL multiples shop, Los Angeles, California, 1971 Photographer: William Crutchfield.

Welcome to the water planet

Welcome to the water planet

James Rosenquist discusses his early career and his work with master printer Kenneth Tyler.

Narration by James Rosenquist (2006). Photography by Marabeth Cohen-Tyler.
Compiled and edited by Kaoru Alfonso, National Gallery of Australia.

Duration: 10 minutes
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Kenneth Tyler and James Rosenquist observing ‘Time door time d'or’ proof from ‘Welcome to the water planet’ series on artist studio floor
Tyler Graphics Ltd, Mount Kisco, New York, 1989
Photographer: Marabeth Cohen–Tyler

Welcome to the water planet

Rosenquist walkthrough

Ken Tyler takes you on a walkthrough of the exhibition Welcome to the water planet held at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 10 June – 12 September 2006

Duration: 10 minutes
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Proof of James Rosenquist's 'The bird of paradise approaches the hot water planet' from 'Welcome to the water planet' series pinned on workshop wall, Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, 1988. Photographer: Marabeth Cohen-Tyler

Frank Stella talks
Moby Dick: Frank Stella and Herman Melville
An exhibition organised by Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

The exhibition Moby Dick: Frank Stella and Herman Melville brings together more than 30 monumental printed works from Stella’s series, including his definitive masterpiece, The fountain. 24 feet in length, The fountain is Stella’s largest and most complex work on paper. The woodblocks with metal inlay plates for The fountain are included in the exhibition on loan from The National Gallery of Australia. A preamble to the exhibition includes a group of Rockwell Kent’s ink-drawings for Moby-Dick and the original Lakeside edition of the book.

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Frank Stella constructing a full size, preparatory collage for his print ‘The fountain’, while Kenneth Tyler looks on, in the artist�s studio at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York, March 1992
Photographer: Marabeth Cohen-Tyler.

Reaching out: Ken Tyler, master printer

Avery Tirce Productions (1976)
Directed by Lee Tirce and Sid Avery

Master printer Ken Tyler in discussion with Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney and author Michael Crichton, and at work in the studio demonstrating printing techniques, discussing artistic philsophies and the history and results of his collaborations with many prominent American artists. [Note: transcript only, due to copyright restrictions.]

Duration: 28 minutes
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David Hockney drawing with lithographic tusche his first stone of the six colour lithograph titled 'Rain' from his 'Weather' series of prints, while Kenneth Tyler dries tusche with heat gun, Gemini GEL artist's studio, Los Angeles, California, 1973. Photographer: Dan Freeman
Photographer: Marabeth Cohen-Tyler.

Ok to Print

Ok to print

The artist Helen Frankenthaler working with master printer Kenneth Tyler at Tyler Graphics, Mount Kisco, New York, July 1994.
This video footage is drawn from the Kenneth Tyler Film and Sound Archive at the National Gallery of Australia.

Cinematography by Seth Schneidman. Location sound by Maryte Kavaliauskas.
Online edit by Darren Murphy, d’indigo blend.
Compiled and edited by Jose Robertson and Kaoru Alfonso, National Gallery of Australia
Soundscapes by Patrice Riboust, National Gallery of Australia.

Duration: 10 minutes
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Ink colours for Helen Frankenthaler�s 29 colour woodcut ‘Freefall’ in workshop, Tyler Graphics Ltd Mount Kisco, New York, 1993
Photographer: Marabeth Cohen-Tyler

Further information will be added to this site as the National Gallery proceeds with its research and documentation.

Last updated January 2017