About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17

SUArt Galleries

August 18 – November 20, 2016

In 1962 Stanley William Hayter published his second major text on the graphic arts that he intended for “the intelligent layman” who might collect or have an interest in the contemporary printmaking. About Prints was reviewed extensively by art critics, historians and other printmakers and generally acclaimed “a standard work both for the potential collector and anyone interested in modern art.” Hayter was the founder of Atelier 17 and by the early 1960s considered one of the most influential printmakers of the 20th century in large part because of the environment he created in his Parisian and New York print studios. Working with some of the most important artists of the day, Hayter championed experimentation and the development of new printing techniques while understanding that any form of printmaking is merely a tool for the expression of an artistic idea.

The exhibition, About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17, explores Hayter’s ideas about contemporary printmaking and the artists who created these works. Using Hayter’s own checklist of important prints the exhibition looks at why these images are innovative or essential to understanding how the graphic arts were being transformed throughout the 20th century. Prints by recognizable artists such as Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Henry Moore are examined along with other important visionaries such as Andre Masson, Max Ernst and Joan Miro. Technical innovators like Karl Schrag, Arthur Deshaies, and Krishna Reddy are also represented in the exhibition along with Helen Phillips, Mauricio Lasansky and S. W. Hayter.

In addition to work included from the Syracuse University Art Collection’s vast works on paper holdings, there will be numerous works on loan to the exhibition from museums and private collections, including Yale University Art Gallery, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brooklyn Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, Memorial Art Gallery, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, University of Michigan Museum of Art, and Smith College Museum of Art.

This exhibition is currently available as a traveling exhibition to museums and galleries, via the Syracuse University Traveling Exhibition Program.  For more details and a complete tour schedule, please visit TravEx.


Atelier 17- A Gathering Place for Avant-Garde Artists
Friday, September 23-  Saturday, September 24, 2016
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., each day
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

Atelier 17 was a collaborative print center located in Paris that had a major impact on contemporary printmaking.  Organized and operated by S.W. Hayter, the Atelier was driven to relocate to NYC during World War II where it reshaped American thinking about the graphic arts. SUArt’s series of events will feature special lectures by Domenic Iacono (Director, SUArt Galleries), Joann Moser (Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum), Christina Weyl (Freelance Curator), and Andrew Raftery (Professor, Rhode Island School of Design).

Sponsored, in part, by the Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences as a part of the Syracuse Symposium™ Place.


September 23 –  September 25, 2016
Friday & Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Shaffer Art Building, Galleria

The symposium will also feature a print fair with leading galleries from the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) in attendance. The exhibitors include Susan Teller Gallery (New York City), Dolan Maxwell (Philadelphia, PA), The Annex Galleries (Santa Rosa, CA), The Old Print Shop (NYC) and Thomas French Fine Art (Fairlawn, OH).

Please check back for an updated schedule.