In the Studio with Pace Prints: Introducing Jo and Watanabe Press

If the walls of Watanabe Press in Gowanus, Brooklyn, could talk, they might name-drop a long list of artist-legends whose fine art prints were born from the inks, screens, and hands of their print shop—notably Chuck Close, Pat Steir, Ryan McGinness, and Yue Minjun. On a tour of the studio, which is Pace Prints’ exclusive screen printing studio, Artsy learned the process of screen printing from drawings to drying prints—including work by Spanish-German identical twin artists How & Nosm, whom we caught adding finishing touches to their forthcoming set of unique works that incorporate screen printing, stenciling, spray paint, and hand-coloring. Led by the studio’s resident printer, Jo Watanabe, Artsy was given a lesson in screen-printing from a master who, at 70 years old, has spent the last 40 years screen printing for legends since he first began with Sol LeWitt.

Photographs by Alex John Beck 

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