For over seventy years, San Francisco printer Jack Stauffacher has produced books and prints that challenge the hidebound conventions of typography. His work explores the aesthetic potential of the printer’s tools—letterforms, printing inks, and the press—to create kinetic compositions that activate the entire space of the page.
Thanks to the generosity of LACMA’s Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition Group (DA2), the museum recently acquired Stauffacher’s 1998 portfolio Wooden Letters of 300 Broadway as well as several monoprints. These experimental prints are displayed with his innovative editions of classical literature, demonstrating how themes of pacing and movement permeate both streams of work.
Art of the Americas Building, Level 3