Platemark (series one) looks at the art sector with a focus on prints and printmaking. Series two offers a history of visual culture in the West through prints.
Joe Freye, Jason Ruhl, and Patrick Smyczek
In s3e2, Ann Shafer and Ben Levy sit down with the three master printers at Tandem Press, Joe Freye, Jason Ruhl, and Patrick Smyczek.
Paula Panczenko and Russell Panczenko
In this first episode of series 3 (interviews with luminaries of the print ecosystem), Ann Shafer and Ben Levy sit down with Paula Panczenko, executive director of Tandem Press, and Russell Panczenko, retired director of the Chazen Museum of Art. Both entities are affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
History of Prints Rembrandt (religious scenes)
In s2e20, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig conclude their discussion of Rembrandt van Rijn, the man who made etching was it is today. In this third of three episodes on Rembrandt, they tackle his etchings of religious scenes. Rembrandt made a lot of them and they are intense. They are special because Rembrandt humanizes the people in them, which really hadn't happened before. It's almost as if viewers can find themselves in the scenes. Biblical stories are brought to life under Rembrandt sure hand.
After this episode, we are taking a summer hiatus. Platemark series two: A History of Prints will return in late summer. In the meantime, episodes from series three will be previewed. Series three features interviews with luminaries of the print ecosystem. Stay tuned for those.
History of Prints Rembrandt (genre scenes and portaits)
In s2e19, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig continue talking about the best etcher ever, Rembrandt van Rijn. In this second of three episodes on Rembrandt, they tackle genre scenes (those would be scenes of everyday life) and portraits. Rembrandt is the consummate storyteller and in these etchings he gives us regular, everyday people like print dealers, cooks, beggars, and even rat catchers. His etchings are brimming with life. Remember, Rembrandt lives in Amsterdam, which is part of Holland, a country that had recently gained independence from Catholic Spain. These subjects are new territory for us.
In addition, Ann talks about a second female artist: Geertruydt Roghman.
History of Prints Rembrandt (landscapes)
In s2ep18, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig talk about one of the best etchers ever, Rembrandt van Rijn. In this first of three episodes on RvR, Tru sets the stage and takes us through some of Rembrandt's key landscape etchings, including the iconic The Three Trees. Remember, we really haven't seen anyone take up etching with this much success so far. Rembrandt sets the bar for and forever changes what we mean by autographic etching.
History of Prints Hendrick Goltzius
In s2ep17, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig talk about one of their favorite engravers of all time, Hendrick Goltzius. A Dutchman, Goltzius was preternaturally gifted with a burin and made glorious prints of all sorts. Ann's favorite is the Farnese Hercules, a large engraving showing two Dutchmen looking up at a giant sculpture of Hercules, which viewers see from behind. Quirky and wonderful, these prints are worth a deep dive.
Great inside art conversation
Real talk from non-profit, curatorial art professionals. Ann and Ben bring a lot of passion to dry behind issues and relay a revealing a glimpse into decision making of creative institutions. Works well in the podcast format. Great for artists, demystifies the precious. Looking forward to more.
Fun to hear art museum professionals who are friends and have good stories to share. Upbeat, clearly in-the-know, addressing issues of our time!!! Kinda would like to have them over to dinner. They would be fascinating guests!