Rudy Pozzatti came to the Midwest printmaking legacy indirectly. He studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder, under Wendell Black, one of Mauricio Lasansky’s former students at the University of Iowa. He continued their pedagogic lineage as a professor at the University of Nebraska and then at Indiana University, where he joined the faculty in 1956. Pozzatti not only built the Indiana University program into one of the best in the country, but he also founded a fine art press with master printer David Keister in 1979 that brought acclaimed artists from around the world to make prints in Bloomington.
In order to avoid any possible misperception that Echo Press was his own vanity press, Pozzatti made only a few prints there, including this monumental color lithograph that demonstrates the remarkable range of textures and tonalities he could coax from the medium. Pozzatti had always embraced animal themes, but this subject held special significance. Not only were these large black birds prevalent on his trips to New Mexico, but during his 1981 visit to Japan, he discovered that they were regarded as important omens of good fortune. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection also includes four proofs for this print (Eskenazi Museum of Art 86.117.2–.5). Pozzatti went on to make a second state of this print using only the red stone (run 5) printed in blue-black ink on gray paper (Eskenazi Museum of Art 86.118.1).
American, born 1925
Color lithograph on paper
Image/sheet: 31 1/16 x 43 5/16 in. (78.8 x 110.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Echo Press Archive, 86.117.1
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