Even with screen printing's popularity today, most people don't realize the man that pioneered and developed screen printing as an artistic medium was Luitpold Domberger. Decades ago my father fell in love with his work in 1966 at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and he immediately bought half the collection. I was beyond thrilled when I realized Domberger's latest online exhibit was one featuring this very type of work: "It was owed to Marvin Pocker's enthusiasm and commitment, that the serigraphs from Filderstadt made a name for themselves in New York and the rest of the United States."
I've always known my parents wanted to put their own stamp on what they considered to be the best in picture framing, but this is such a lovely reminder about the importance of remaining innovative and open minded when it comes to new artists and new ways of framing art. Below we share the introduction to this online exhibit and a selection of the images.
It all began in 1966 when Luitpold Domberger published a calendar with 12 small-format original serigraphs by contemporary artists in an exclusive coffer. Back then, both the quality and the presentation of these graphics were unique. Concurrent to the signed edition a limited edition of unsigned calendars was also on offer.
When US-American Marvin Pocker discovered this innovative - and today legendary – silkscreen edition titled Internationale zeitgenössische Kunst (International Contemporary Art) with 12 serigraphs at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1966, he instantly bought half of the calendar edition as he was strongly impressed by the prints’ quality. And so Pocker not only remained a good customer in the years to follow but became a close friend of the Domberger family, too.
Marvin Pocker ran a renowned picture frame shop on New York’s Lexington Avenue and he had a professional eye for quality. Only the best silkscreens were merely good enough for his frames to stand a chance in New York.
It was owed to Marvin Pocker’s enthusiasm and commitment, that the serigraphs from Filderstadt made a name for themselves in New York and the rest of the United States.
Today, many of the artists who started to print with Domberger almost 50 years ago are part of the Who’s Who in international art history.
But today, the success story of the calendar sheet editions contain another meaning, too, which has been important to the house of Domberger up until today:
It is not the format that is important but always the quality. For small walls and budgets there are also works of art living up to their names.
This is why we are offering these small-format works as single sheets today unless they are not already out of stock. On the American graphic market, individual sheets of this edition have been generating high prices such as, among others, the much sought-after motives by Robert Indiana.
The fact that international contemporary artists have contributed to this high-class artist calendar project for many years, speaks for a good cooperation with Domberger on the one hand and also for the fact that artists and publisher were very well aware that they could make access to art easier through a calendar on the other.
Everyone who embraced an artistic motif was inspired more and more with each month and indulged increasingly in ART.
Introduction and Images via Edition Domberger