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New Impressions: "Tipoteca Etna" by Frank Baseman

27.5" x 19.5"

This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum July 2-September 28, 2024. There are a limited number of these prints available.

Artist Biography

Frank Baseman is a graphic designer, visual artist, letterpress printer, design educator and proprietor and printer at Base Press, a letterpress design and print studio. The work of Base Press has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Two Rivers, Wisconsin; the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at the Cooper Union, New York; the Print and Picture Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia; and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione, Cornuda, Italy. Frank Baseman is also the Creative Director and Principal of Baseman Design Associates, an award-winning interdisciplinary Graphic Design firm, and Professor in the Visual Communication Design program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where he has taught since 1998. The work of Base Press and Baseman Design Associates has received recognition from numerous national and international communication organizations, design exhibitions and publications. For more information, please visit and 

Description of Process

During summer 2023 I was fortunate to have an opportunity to print at Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione in Cornuda, Italy as a visiting artist for a short time. "Tipoteca Etna" is one of two pieces I made during this visit to Tipoteca. Tipoteca Etna is a type specimen sheet--albeit perhaps not in the usual way--using the Etna typeface from the collection of Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione. This type measures at 30 ciceros, and dates from the 1930s and was designed by Meneghello e Belluzzo. 4-color letterpress print; 50 x 70 cms.

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