Michael Woolworth, an American “Maître d’Art”

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Michael Woolworth still dresses as he were in Maine after 36 years  years in Paris

Michael Woolworth in front of his latest Jim Dine lithographs

When he came to Paris from Maine, on a year abroad in 1979, Michael Woolworth thought he would wait on tables and play around. A more important calling was awaiting him. He met a lithograph in the Marais, who needed an apprentice and became fascinated by this old technic of printing with engraved wood or stone.

Some of the printing machines date back to the 19 th century and are all mechanical

Some of the printing machines date back to the 19 th century and they are all mechanical

Thirty six years later, he is a chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and a « Maître d’Art », an official function which is getting him respect and state sponsorship. He speaks French (like an erudite) about his artists, his machines, his passion. The workshop he moved into at 2 rue de la Roquette, is lit by glass roofs and divided in two parts.

Cour de février at Bastille houses many artists.

Cour de février at Bastille houses many artists.

A huge atelier where Jim Dine’s large prints are hanging and drying before being shipped to his gallery in London, and another smaller studio in front, where French artist Mélanie Delattre-Vogt is preparing a series of works on culinary dishes such as octopus and Fromage de Tête.

Melanie Delattre-Vogt is preparing a series of Octopus and  Fromage de Tête lithographs

Melanie Delattre-Vogt is preparing a series of Octopus and Fromage de Tête lithographs

A few young assistants from Ecole des Beaux Arts are waiting for their daily lunch cooked on the premises and Michael talks about celebrating his workshop’s 30 th anniversary this fall.
He has a  dual occupation of finding young artists and commissioning their works which he will eventually commercialize, and being the master printer for already established painters.

"Confrontation" by Marc Desgranchamp

“Confrontation” by Marc Desgranchamp

He likes this multitask profession which has kept him overly busy in Paris for all these years. With his partner, writer and museum curator, Laurie Hurwitz, he navigates in an International artistic world but, at the bottom line, he is just a passionate « artisan ».

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  1. Décidément, chère Laure, je suis Addict de votre blog si divers,si pertinent, si alléchant!
    Merci de ce lien passionnant avec les beaux côtés de la vie!
    As ever
    Hugues

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