Opening Reception: Thursday, January 5, 6:00-8:00pm
Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) was the vision of Tatyana Grosman, a Russian émigré who had settled in New York with her husband Maurice, an artist with printmaking skills. In 1957, through connections with other artists, the Grosmans began inviting painters, poets and printmakers to create limited edition artist’s books in their modest garage studio on Long Island. These first intimate collaborations set the tone for the quality of work to be produced at ULAE in the decades to follow.
Early prints by Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, and Larry Rivers gained Grosman the interest of museum curators and private collectors. Her reputation for ethical practices and high aesthetic standards propelled ULAE to the forefront of the burgeoning print market of the 1960s and 1970s. Grosman and her artists expanded the horizons of what we know as a limited edition print and her prints became the examples by which other studios’ editions were often judged.