Revolutionary Prints from the Berghoff-Cowden Workshop

Rare-Era is honored to offer at auction, hand-selected artworks directly from the Berghoff Personal Collection of monoprints and screen-prints, these choice examples of the editions have never been offered publicly and the remarkable history of the workshop must be told.

In the late 1980s, in an unassuming converted warehouse by the University of Tampa, Florida, a groundbreaking collaborative screen-print workshop was opened (ultimately settling in New Port Richey, Florida). The Berghoff Art Gallery first opened as Soho South Gallery in Safety Harbor, Florida and in 1988, Lois Berghoff and Dorothy Cowden evolved the Gallery into the Berghoff-Cowden Editions.

Detail from Miriam Schapiro's "In the Heat of Winter" fan

Detail from Miriam Schapiro's "In the Heat of Winter" fan

Berghoff-Cowden Editions specialized in publishing unique and small editions of hand-pulled screen-prints and monoprints. The environment created within this experimental workshop inspired artists to innovate conventional screen-printing techniques in a creative manner which had not been attempted anywhere else in the world. The eclectic and creative processes of the Berghoff-Cowden editions inspired complex original artworks which often included hand-painting, collage, flocking, cutting and stitching; as well as paper manipulation involving folding, layering and slicing in addition to incorporating exotic fabrics and Japanese papers with traditional rag paper.

Detail from Sam Gilliam's mixed media monoprint "Florida 7" showing the Berghoff-Cowden editions embossed stamp

Detail from Sam Gilliam's mixed media monoprint "Florida 7" showing the Berghoff-Cowden editions embossed stamp

The workshop invited a diverse, global group of renowned artists to create in their space. These artists, most 20th century post-war masters, had styles which included abstraction, expressionism, realism, sculpture and the pattern and decoration movements. While most artists hadn’t worked with screen-printing before, each translated the medium using their own visual language.

Miriam Schpairo (Canadian, American, b. 1923 – d. 2015), had an interest in fabric and sewing which became the foundation of the Pattern and Decoration (P & D) movement while additionally defining the field of feminist art. Throughout her career her work referenced fans and at the Berghoff-Cowden workshop she conceived “In the Heat of Winter” a large, possibly her largest, collaged fan, layered with pulsating floral and geometric forms.

Miriam Schapiro's collage fabric & screen-print on rag paper, "In the Heat of Winter" Fan

Miriam Schapiro's collage fabric & screen-print on rag paper, "In the Heat of Winter" Fan

Sam Gilliam (American, b. 1933) managed to translate his non-objective, sculptural canvas paintings into a series of screen-prints which were printed, stitched together and printed again. In his works, “Florida 7” and “Dakota Beach”, the tapestry of layered colors creates patterns, depth and references to quilts.

Sam Gilliam's mixed media monoprint "Dakota Beach"

Sam Gilliam's mixed media monoprint "Dakota Beach"

Robert Rahway Zakanitch (American, b. 1935) experimented with unique variations on his whimsical “Sportsman” series filled with fly fishing lures; in this image they rest on a double-handled platter reminiscent of Palissy-ware.

Detail from Zakanitch's Sportsman series monoprint

Detail from Zakanitch's Sportsman series monoprint

Artist and interior designer, Frank Faulkner (American, 1946) created decorative screen-prints with repetitive patterns like “Palm I”, precisely printed and then overlaid by hand with gold prismacolor pencil.

Frank Faulkner "Palm I"

Frank Faulkner "Palm I"

The Berghoff-Cowden editions were recognized as being of artistic importance and the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Florida, curated and exhibited a selection of these works from the collection of Dorothy Mitchell entitled, “Expanding Expressions” this exhibit was supported by the Polk Museum of Art, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council and was exhibited throughout the United States at several prominent museums from 1997 until early 2000.

Rare-Era is thrilled to offer hand-selected pieces from this magical time directly from the Berghoff Personal Collection to our esteemed buyers-  Our auction will be held on-line, November 29th entirely through LiveAuctioneers.com and our exclusive site, SellandBidwell.com - the editions offered have never been available publicly, and Pre-Bidding begins today.

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Refs. 1.) Lois & Linda Berghoff. 2.) Bennett, Lennie. “Paper as a Malleable Medium,” St. Petersburg Times. Published July 13, 2003, http://www.sptimes.com/2003/07/13/news_pf/Floridian/Paper_as_a_malleable_.shtml, accessed: October 28, 2017. 3.) Bennett, Lennie. “The Leepa-Rattner Msueum of Art Reinvents its Space and its Collection,” Tampa Bay Times. Published November 12, 2011. http://www.tampabay.com/features/visualarts/the-leepa-rattner-museum-of-art-reinvents-its-spaceand-its-collection/1200603 , accessed: October 28, 2017. 4.) Schroeder, Ivy. “Expanding Expressions: Contemporary Master Prints, UM St. Louis’ Gallery 210,” Riverfront Times. Published December 15, 1999, https://www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/expanding-expressions-contemporary-masterprints/Content?oid=2475571, Accessed: October 28, 2017.