Feldman a Printmaker's Printmaker.
I had not consciously decided to use the theme of crucifixion. I just started to cut, and it came about. The print is now in the collection of the Metropolitan and at Yale, and the Yale Art Gallery has acquired the original block. This was my first woodcut.
In 1952 the first woodcut made by Walter Feldman, The Final Agony, was submitted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art print exhibition and he won the Print Prize. There were 7,109 submissions to this Metropolitan exhibition, 559 works selected and 6 print prize winners. Thus commenced this Yale trained painter's love of printmaking. The Final Agony would be exhibited in the 1952 Dey Gosse Gallery, Providence, RI, 1953 Essex Art Association Exhibition, Essex, Ct, and at the 1953 Northwest Printmakers, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Wa and the 2003 & 2018 David Winton Bell Gallery exhibits, Brown University, Providence, RI.
“ Walter Feldman’s woodblock print, The Final Agony, is a very moving and suggestive example making fine use of black and white areas in the working out of his close-knit design.” New York Times, 1952.
- EXHIBITION HISTORY
- Essex Art Association, 1953 organized by Josef Albers
- David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University in 2003 & 2018
"This work refers to the Bible story about the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. I had become interested in developing my use of the woodcut after the success of “The Final Agony”. In “The Expulsion”, I began to discover how two colors can become three. The print was done not through overprinting but by cutting away from the gray block. The black or key block was done first and then was offset onto another piece of wood. I knew precisely where the black was going to fall onto the white and onto the gray. The white is now shape and color, and when it’s not exactly lined up, it’s done on purpose, so that there is a quality of searching in the image." Walter Feldman
- EXHIBITION HISTORY
- Brooklyn Museum National Print Annual, 1953,
- Essex Art Association organized by Josef Albers, 1953,
- Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1954,
- Young American Printmakers, Museum of Modern Art. 1954
"Look closely at the color cut "The Rooster". Here is no mere representation of the superficial qualities of an ever-popular subject. The sure slashes of color-line impinge on the critical eye and the vital rooster emerges.... Walter Feldman is a printmaker's printmaker. He does not "talk down" to his spectator. The casual spectator may be impressed by the inherent craft quality of these works. His work in the rich contemporary visual style tempered with a respect for the humanistic and traditional yields much to the various viewer. These prints are not gooey aesthetic concoctions - these are works of substance - the stuff that make for creative growth." Sidney Chafetz, 1954, Ohio State University.
- 1953, 1955 Northwest Printmakers, Seattle Art Museum
- 1953 Youngstown College Butler Art Institute
- 1953, University of Southern California
- 1954, Butler Art Institute