American-born, Michael Woolworth moved to Paris in 1979 and soon afterwards met Franck Bordas, who introduced him to the world of publishing and lithography. He learned on the job how to master traditional printmaking techniques and to manage relationships with the artists, and his passion for “creating under pressure” never left him. In 1985, he established his own shop, at the time located on Île Saint-Louis.
He moved to another atelier in 2000, then to yet another before settling in a historic passage, Place de la Bastille, where he still works today.
His workshop is a kind of laboratory for creation in which the art of printing is constantly being reinvented. Although he prints exclusively on manual presses, Michael Woolworth always gives precedence
to experimentation and innovation: he combines techniques, often pushing them beyond their limits and even imagining new ones. By the same token, supports and formats are continuously rethought according to the artists’ wishes.
Prints, monotypes, multiples and artist’s books by Carole Benzaken, Stéphane Bordarier, Mélanie Delattre-Vogt, Marc Desgrandchamps, Jim Dine, Brecht Evens, Philippe Favier, Frédérique Loutz, Pierre Mabille, Roberto Matta, William MacKendree, Jean François Maurige, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Stéphane Pencréac’h, Jaume Plensa, José Maria Sicilia, Djamel Tatah, Barthélémy Toguo, …
2 other exhibitions :
♦ Digital Images Contest, 6th edition : Do something for your planet ! There is still time to take care of it … but we have to do it quick and well.
230 young people from 15 to 25 years old have responded to our call and express themselves on that subject. These images show us how to change our lifestyle, our ways of travelling, of heating us, of feeding us, encouraging us to choose a sustainable way of life.
6 laureates will be rewarded, 3 from the category 15-18 years, 3 from the category 19-25 years.
This contest has been carried out with the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
♦ Carnival poster’s contest
In that same room, an exhibition space is dedicated to the exhibition of the carnival posters organized by the City of La Louvière. The creations for the editions 2017-2018-2019 are shown, as well as a slideshow about the history of the Laetare (Carnival) in La Louvière.
L’ATELIER MICHAEL WOOLWORTH - PARIS – some extracts from the catalogue
This atelier is a family but even more so, a laboratory. Much of what is created here is the result of bold, wide-ranging experimentation. You come here not to practice standard, firmly established techniques but to dredge the unknown. Woolworth chooses the artists he invites with an eye toward the desire to innovate, to bring about the unexpected. All the artists share the same paradoxical quality: they rarely come from the printmaking world, and their lack of experience incites something unpredictable and surprising. For this, a shift needs to take place so they can find common ground: the artists, outside their comfort zone, begin to let go; and Woolworth and his collaborators, who have learned over time to subvert traditional printing techniques, embrace whatever happens, including mistakes and accidents. (…)
At 2 rue de la Roquette, the printing team is trying to disprove the etymology of the word “utopia,” which designates “nowhere,” a place that can never truly exist. Day in and day out, in this Parisian passageway, like an island at the heart of the big city, the atelier refuses a certain art-world capitalism while searching for financial equilibrium. This was true from its inception: “When I established my own shop, in 1985,” explains Woolworth in an interview with Gildas Le Reste, for an exhibition catalogue for the Châtellerault School of Fine Arts in 2011, “I made a very important decision that I still honour today: to create a manual atelier – using exclusively hand presses – and produce very limited print editions. My dream was to never switch to mechanised power, even though that would have allowed me to produce much more work. I am not made for the printing industry; on the other hand, I love using pressure to create ideas. In the end, I make imprints at very few copies. Global and economic trends go towards standardization, uniformity. I believe in the exceptional, the intimate, the rare.” (…)
Extracts from the text by Pierre Wat (catalogue Atelier Michael Woolworth, Paris)
The exhibition celebrates the 30 years of activity of Michael Woolworth, who will meet you in his studio on April 29 from 2 to 5 pm. The appointment is in the workshop at No. 2 rue de la Roquette in 75011 Paris. Do not hesitate to contact us if the adventure interests you, the group is limited to 25 participants!
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