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Stanley William Hayter
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S. W. Hayter spent most of his life in Paris, where in 1927 he founded an experimental workshop for the graphic arts—Atelier 17–that played a central role in the 20th century revival of the print as an independent art form. (The name was adopted in 1933 when Hayter moved his establishment from its original home to 17 Rue Campagne-Premi ène). In 1940-50 he lived in New York, taking Atelier 17 with him.
Hayter was a chemist by training and had an unrivalled knowledge of the technicalities of printmaking, on which he wrote two major books, New Ways of Gravure (1949) and About Prints (1962).
His historical importance has long been acknowledged (probably no modern British artist has been so influential internationally). Among the artists who worked with Hayter at Atelier 17 are Miro, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois, Max Ernst and Jackson Pollack.
His own work has won him recognition as one of the outstanding graphic artists of his time. His work continues to be exhibited internationally. He represented England at the Venice Beinale in 1958 and the British Museum mounted an exhibition of his prints in 2001. His prints are varied in technique and style, but most characteristically are influenced by the abstract vein of Surrealism and are notable for their experiments with texture and colour.
Hayter's prints are in most major museum collections around the world.
RECENT EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE:
2018-2020: An exhibition & book examining Hayter’s innovative process and techniques at Atelier 17 is organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and traveling to three US museums:
Springfield Art Museum Fall 2018
Art Museum of West Virginia University Spring 2019
The Hyde Collection Fall 2019
Baltimore Museum of Art Spring 2020
2017: Cutting Edge: Modern Prints from Atelier 17, Cleveland Museum of Art
2016: Under the Spell of Segers: Rembrandt and the Moderns, Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
2016: About Prints: The Legacy of Stanley William Hayter and Atelier 17, Syracuse University Galleries, Syracuse, NY
2016: Workshop and Legacy: Stanley William Hayter, Krishna Reddy, Zarina Hashmi, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2010-2011: Rock Paper Sissors, Musuem of Modern Art, New York
2009: Stanley William Hayter: From Surrealism to Abstraction, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC