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All works from “Copacetic” are all multi-block linocuts on handmade Japanese Hamada kozo paper, inked by hand and editioned on Mullowney Printing’s Dufa Manual Offset Lithography Press. Printed by Paul Mullowney and Harry Schneider in an edition of 20, plus 5 artist proofs. Signed and numbered on the recto in pencil. Published by Mullowney Printing, San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR.
First published in 2019, “Copacetic” is a suite of eight multi-block linocuts on handmade Hamada Kozo, backed with Sekishu Kozo, based on images created by Alison Saar in 2018 for the 125th Street subway station in New York City. Saar expanded her original project, Hear the Lone Whistle Moan, and created “Copacetic,” a panoramic scene of imagined dancers, singers, musicians, and patrons from the historic 1930s and 40s Harlem Renaissance. Saar notes that her work is inspired by “the many great African American artists of the Harlem Renaissance that had active printmaking practices, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Hale Woodruff, and Aaron Douglas.”