A Place in Time and more art by Keith Anden Achepohl

A Place in Time, 1990
24 x 18 cm (h x w)
hand-colored etching on handmade paper
not for sale
[Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the Des Moines Art Center Print Club, 1991.42]

(Commissioned Print & Gift Print, 1991)

Following the example of other print clubs that published print editions for its members, Print Club launched its own Commissioned Print program in 1992. A unique feature of the Des Moines Art Center’s program was that, in addition to the Commissioned Print itself, the Club commissioned an album which collectors could place their prints. Fifty of these albums were made by the bookbinder Renato Polliero in Venice, who bound together sheets of a dark red Carta Amalfi paper. Each artist was requested to create a print on a sheet of paper no larger than 9 x 12 inches so that it could fit in the album.
The first artist invited to create a Commissioned Print was printmaker Achepohl, an artist and professor at the University of Iowa. Achepohl, in turn, asked Iowa City papermaker Timothy Barrett to make handmade paper for his edition. Barrett made paper that approximates the color of the Carta Amalfi paper in the albums. Achepohl’s etching evokes the wild landscape and archaeological ruins of eastern Turkey, a place he loved to explore. Achepohl had a long relationship with Print Club. Back in 1982, he had presented one of Print Club’s first programs, a talk on his personal collection of etchings by the 18th-century Italian etcher, Piranesi.

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