Tatyana Grosman helped make American printmaking a respected medium through Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), the studio and publishing house she founded in 1957. Grosman’s family fled the Russian Revolution in 1918, staying briefly in Japan before settling in Dresden, where Grosman studied at the Academy of Applied Arts. In 1931 she married Maurice Grosman, a struggling painter, and the couple fled Germany for Paris the following year, becoming part of the Paris art scene. In 1940, two days before the Nazis invaded Paris, they fled again, making their way on foot over the Pyrenees before settling in New York in 1943. Grosman encouraged her husband’s career but did not pursue her own until his heart attack in 1955 forced him to retire. She bought a lithograph press, encouraged artists and poets to use her Long Island home as a retreat, and published their ensuing work. The press’s first series of prints, Stones, was a collaboration between the painter Larry Rivers and the poet Frank O’Hara, and ULAE became known for its creative fusion of words and pictures by Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Max Weber, and Buckminster Fuller, among many others. Much of the press’s work was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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