Marc Ganzglass

Rare Plants, 2019

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Details

Duotone letterpress on SBS 180lb cover
20.0 x 28.0 in (50.8 x 71.1 cm)
1 of 10
Signed on verso

Location

This work ships from Maspeth, NY, US.


Description

These duo-tone prints depict a variety of rare and exotic plant specimens sold by a plant dealer here in New York City in the early twentieth century. Printed directly from the original copper plates used to publish the dealer's sales catalog, the plates themselves are remarkable examples of half-tone separation and plate-making techniques from the height of their use in commercial printing. The microcosm of plant images are overprinted on solid blocks of color that point to celestial (blue), terrestrial (green), and political (red) spaces.