Crown Point Press

Crown Point Press began in 1962 with two portfolios of etchings by Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud. Since then, the publisher has expanded its roster to both US-based and international artists with a focus on conceptual art while still maintaining the workshop’s emphasis on etchings and woodcuts. Notable alumni including Chuck Close, April Gornick, Vito Acconci, and Helen Frankenthaler have worked in collaboration with the studio to push the boundaries of intaglio processes and expand Crown Point’s expertise to all areas of printmaking.

The James W. Hyams Collection

James W. Hyams started collecting art in 1967 when he was a student in college. The first work Hyams purchased—Vegetable Soup Can from Campbell’s Soup I by Andy Warhol—was paid for in installments and hung in his dorm room. A few years later, he purchased his second work by Warhol and from there collecting became a way of life. 

Over the years, Hyams has amassed a stunning collection of prints from 1960s to the present day. From Warhol to Hirst, or Lichtenstein to Doig, his collection is about as contemporary as it gets. Focusing on works that he likes by influential artists, his collection of more than 400 prints is an exceptional survey of the most important art movements of the second half of the 20th century and the start of the 21st century.  

Generous with his collection, Hyams has loaned many works to galleries and universities, sharing his collection with a public audience. Further, his pieces are proudly on display in his home, his acclaimed interior widely published. 

I don't buy pieces that I don't like. But I do have a purpose in my collection. I am interested in buying key artists from the period.

James W. Hyams