HistoryCrown Point Press, founded in 1962, focuses on the art of etching. Our gallery, bookstore, and studio are located in an historic building around the corner from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and are open to the public every day except Sunday. We have two websites: crownpoint.com concentrates on our published etchings and magical-secrets.com features video of artists at work in our studio and presents practical information for printmakers. Although Crown Point’s main activity is our print publishing program, we also hold etching workshops open to all and publish books detailing the craft of the etching process.
Art historian Susan Tallman in her 1996 book The Contemporary Print describes Crown Point Press as “the most instrumental American printshop in the revival of etching as a medium of serious art.” Our 25th anniversary was celebrated with an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and in our 35th year archives of our work were acquired by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the National Gallery, Washington D.C. Both institutions held Crown Point Press exhibitions and jointly published a catalog.
Crown Point Press celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, and Kathan Brown published her memoir, Know That You Are Lucky the same year. The exhibition Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press, at the National Gallery of Art, features 125 workings proofs and final prints by 25 artists who have worked at Crown Point Press from 1972 through 2010; the show runs through early January 2014, and travels to the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas. Accompanying the exhibition is a catalog, with an essay by curators Judith Brodie and Adam Greenhalgh.
Crown Point published artists come to work in our studio from all over the world. Richard Diebenkorn, Sol LeWitt and John Cage produced significant bodies of work with us over decades, and Pat Steir, Chris Burden, Tom Marioni, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Bechtle, and Ed Ruscha continue to work with us regularly. Younger artists include Julie Mehretu, Chris Ofili, Kiki Smith, Fred Wilson, Tomma Abts, Laura Owens, Darren Almond, Jockum Nordstrom, and Mamma Anderson.
Valerie Wade is the Director of Crown Point Press; Kathan Brown is Founding Director.