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Martin Luther King

20th Century
19 1/2 x 16 in. (49.5 x 40.6 cm)

Ben Shahn, American, (1898–1969)
Engraved by Stefan Martin, American, (1936–1994)
Published by International Graphic Arts Society (IGAS), American, (c. 1950–1973?)

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Wood engraving
Accession Number: 66-G-42
See the interpretive label written by Brother Ernest J. Miller, FSC, D. Min., Vice President for Mission and Adjunct Instructor, Department of Religion and Theology, for the exhibition Teaching and Learning in the Art Museum: La Salle University Faculty Selections in the online exhibition HERE.

Description from the International Graphic Arts Society bulletin, series no. 69, May 1966:

"IGAS feels privileged in releasing to its members a wood-engraving done cooperatively by Ben Shahn and Stefan Martin. This is a venture rare in the history of American graphics. Wood-engravings are cut with burins on the highly polished end-grain of a very dense and refractory wood - in this case, South American boxwood. Shahn has provided the image - Martin has engraved the block and supervised the printing. Both artists have signed the prints.

Until the invention of photo-mechanical engraving, all illustrations in newspapers and books were created and printed in this way. In recent times this practice has been almost wholly abandoned. Apart from its artistic value, this print is interesting as a technical experiment and as the revival of an old tradition.

Foreseeing the great demand for this print, the edition is drawn in 300. It is available only to members who joined prior to April 1, 1966."

The original drawing by Shahn was commissioned by Time magazine, and appeared on the cover of the March 19, 1965 edition.
Current Location: In Storage


- Teaching and Learning in the Art Museum: La Salle University Faculty Selections, La Salle University Art Museum, September 10 - December 14, 2018.
See the online exhibition HERE:

- Africana, Curated by Madeleine Viljoen, La Salle University Art Museum, February – March, 2005.

- The African-American Image in Art, Curated by Caroline Wistar, La Salle University Art Museum, February, 1990.

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