Behind the Scenes
Tyler Graphics at work

Until 22 May 2016 | free entry

From 1966 until 2001 master printer Kenneth Tyler collaborated with some of the twentieth century's most brilliant artists on projects that categorically redefined the medium of printmaking. Tyler's workshops were places of experimentation and invention.

Here is a workshop, there are no rules, do what you want to do.
- Kenneth Tyler

Artists embraced his 'no rules' mantra to create prints across all media, in two and three dimensions, pushing the boundaries of print in new and provocative ways.

The National Gallery of Australia's Kenneth Tyler Print Collection spans the entirety of Tyler's career and is the most comprehensive collection of postwar American art outside the United States. Consisting of over 7000 works of art and extensive holdings of documentary film, sound and photographic material, the collection provides insight into the workings of the most innovative print workshop of the twentieth century.

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.

Terence La Noue Beyond the shore 1992, etching, aquatint, carborundum, relief, woodcut, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of Kenneth Tyler, 2002

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