Digital Tricks That Originated on the Printed Page

The exhibit, Print/Out, is a major retrospective of the last two decades of print art — a medium that is at its core about “replication,” the duplication of a work, whether on an inked-up letter press or a laser-jet printer. The works of the exhibit serve to remind us that replication is not a child of the digital age. While “copy” and “paste” may be the most basic of computer tricks, their analog names did not come out of nowhere. Printmaking has always been about art that can be replicated — and the manipulation that makes each iteration new.

via The Atlantic