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Nothing Less Than History Itself: Ivins and Mayor at the Met

  • "The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor"

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Subway poster for Ed Pinaud’s Eau de Quinine (ca. 1920), lithograph, 25.5 × 50.5 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One hundred years ago William Ivins abandoned his legal career to become the first curator of the newly established Department of Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He swiftly dispensed with the trustees’ brief for a traditional collection of works of an “artistic” nature Read More

Bruce Conner’s Lives of Christ

  • "Bruce Conner"

  • Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Bruce Conner, CHRIST CASTING OUT THE LEGION OF DEVILS (2003), cotton, fire-retardant polyester, and wool Jacquard tapestry, 104 1/2 x 115 inches. ©2016 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS). Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

In 2002, five years before his death, Bruce Conner began working with Magnolia Editions on several projects, one of which was a series of large tapestries recreating the compositions of collages he had made in the late 1980s and early ‘90s Read More

Moving Parts: Animated Prints at IPCNY

  • "Suspended Animation: Moving Images in Print"

  • International Print Center New York, New York
Hosting its first exhibition dedicated to time-based media this past spring, IPCNY joined the bevy of galleries now taking on the moving image. “Suspended Animation: Moving Images in Print,” organized by Lotte Allen, presented short animations by nine artists alongside related prints—in many cases those from which the animations were built Read More

Antony Gormley’s Body of Prints

  • "Antony Gormley: CAST"

  • Alan Cristea Gallery, London
In his first project with Alan Cristea Gallery in London, sculptor Antony Gormley created four groups of prints: seven enormous woodblocks; a series of unique body prints; a group of ten aquatints, collectively titled Matrix I–X; and eleven small line etchings Read More

Corey Hagelberg’s Calumet Area of Concern

  • "Liar, Liar, River on Fire: Corey Hagelberg"

  • Beauty and Brawn Gallery, Chicago, IL

Corey Hagelberg, Dead Fish Anti-Frieze (2011), woodcut, 9 x 72 inches per panel. Image courtesy the artist.

In this spirited exhibition at Beauty and Brawn Gallery in Chicago, Corey Hagelberg uses both prints and sculpture to call attention to the predicament of the Indiana Dunes where the Grand Calumet River meets Lake Michigan Read More

Acid and Needlework: Women Printmakers at the New York Public Library

  • "Printing Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570–1900"

  • New York Public Library, New York

Angelica Kauffmann, Half-length Portrait of a Woman, with a Child Holding an Apple (1763), etching, image 24 x 11 cm, sheet 24.9 x 11.6 cm. The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library.

At the age of just 18, a young Dutch woman named Henrietta Louisa Koenen (1830–1881) began gathering a remarkable collection of prints by and about women artists. In just over a decade, she amassed a collection that was remarkable in its scope and breadth Read More

The Space Between 0 and 1: Printmaking and Digital Technology in Portland

  • "Variable States: Prints Now"

  • Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR

Installation view of Sang-Mi Yoo, Anomalous Traces (2013–16) in “Variable States: Prints Now,” Upfor Gallery, 2016. From left to right: hand-cut pigment inkjet print, 36 x 44 x 72 inches; lasercut wool felt, 63 x 48 x 2 inches; pigment inkjet print, tiered, 96 x 44 x 78 inches. Photo: Mario Gallucci. Image courtesy Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR.

Upfor Gallery, a young new-media gallery in Portland, Oregon, recently organized a small exhibition, “Variable States: Prints Now,” investigating relationships between digital technologies and printmaking. Curator Heather Lee Birdsong selected eight artists from across the United States Read More

Displaced in Puerto Rico

  • "4th San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial: Latin America and the Caribbean; Displaced Images/Images in Space"

  • Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Casa Blanca and Museo de Arte de San Juan, Old San Juan (and various venues across Puerto Rico)

Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Remanentes (Remnants) (2011), performance with green plantains, tattoo machine, wooden table, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial.

The San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, which recently enjoyed its fourth iteration, was established in 2004 as a conceptual reimagining of the previous San Juan Biennial of Latin American and Caribbean Printmaking, which ran from 1970 to 2002 Read More

Formless: New Prints by Jay Heikes

  • "Niet voor Kinderen: New Prints by Jay Heikes"

  • Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis

Jay Heikes, Niet Voor Kinderen (2015), screenprinted and hand-colored asphaltum, 44 x 30 inches. Unique image. Printed and published by Highpoint Editions, Minneapolis, MN. Photo: David Kern.

In the 1924 Surrealist Manifesto, André Breton famously defined Surrealism as “Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express . . . the actual functioning of thought . . . in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.” Read More

Ghost Stories in Paris: Kuniyoshi and 19th-Century Gothic

  • "Fantastic! Kuniyoshi (1797–1861), Demon of Prints"

  • Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris
  • "Fantastic! Visionary Prints from Goya to Redon"

  • Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Retired Emperor Sutoku Sends his Followers to Rescue Tametomo (1851), woodblock, triptych of Oban-format prints, 39 × 79.5 cm. Private collection. Photo: Courtesy of Gallery Beniya.

In the weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, museum attendance in the city plummeted; visitors to the Louvre diminished by more than a third and attendance at the Pompidou fell by 50 percent Read More

Serial Experiments: Gemini G.E.L. at 50

  • "The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L."

  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

From left to right (top): Roy Lichtenstein, Bull I (1973), line-cut; Bull 2 (1973), lithograph and line-cut; Bull 3 (1973), lithograph, screenprint and line-cut. From left to right (bottom): Roy Lichtenstein, Bull IV (1973), lithograph, screenprint and line-cut; Bull V (1973), lithograph, screenprint and line-cut; Bull VI (1973), lithograph, screenprint and line-cut. All works 68.7 x 89.1 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Gifts of Gemini G.E.L. and the artist.

"You do one thing,” John Baldessari observed, “and that leads you to one thing and then another thing.” Baldessari is one of the artists included in the National Gallery’s recent exhibition of series produced by the Los Angeles printshop Gemini G.E.L. Read More

Bernard Cohen Now

  • "Bernard Cohen: About Now: Paintings and Prints 2000–2015"

  • Flowers Gallery, London

Bernard Cohen, Place Games I (2011), lithograph, 80 x 121.5 cm. ©Bernard Cohen. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London and New York.

Now in his early eighties, Bernard Cohen has been a key figure in British Art since he came to prominence in the 1960s. Always difficult to label, he has pursued a singular path that, while connecting to many developments in abstract painting over the last 50 years Read More

The Lure of the Weird: How Hieronymus Bosch Became a Brand

  • "Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print"

  • Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis
  • Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Johannes and Lucas van Doetecum in the manner of Hieronymus Bosch, Temptation of Saint Christopher (or Temptation of Saint Anthony) (1561), etching and engraving; sheet 13 3/16 x 16 15/16 inches (trimmed to image). Private collection.

There are not many artists or writers who have created an imaginary world so distinctive that their names have entered everyday language as an adjective. Franz Kafka comes to mind Read More

The Bits and Pieces of Robert Seydel

  • "Robert Seydel: The Eye in the Matter"

  • Queens Museum, New York
Collecting printed matter is inherently nostalgic. In The Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin says of the collector, “Perhaps the most deeply hidden motive of the person who collects can be described this way: he takes up the struggle against dispersion.” Read More

Lost in Translation: Duane Linklater

  • "salt 11: Duane Linklater"

  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
In the eleventh installment of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ (UMFA) “salt” exhibitions, artist Duane Linklater cut to the heart of the fundamental museum claim that objects can be understood as prima facie evidence of cultures. Read More

Perfect Problems: Bruce Nauman Prints

  • "Bruce Nauman Prints 1970–2006"

  • Sims Reed Gallery, London

Bruce Nauman, Life Mask (1981), lithograph, 71.1 x 96.5 cm. Edition of 50. Printed by Charly Ritt, Gemini G.E.L, Los Angeles. Published by Gemini G.E.L. Courtesy of Galerie Ronny Van de Velde and Sims Reed Gallery.

Just five minutes walk from the Royal Academy of Art, where almost twenty years ago Charles Saatchi presented the infamous “Sensation” exhibition of the Young British Artists, Sims Reed Gallery recently presented a choice survey of the prints of Bruce Nauman. Read More

The Distant North of Luc Tuymans

  • "Luc Tuymans: Suspended—L’Oeuvre Imprimé (1989–2014)"

  • Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium, exhibition organized in partnership with La Fondation Mons 2015

Luc Tuymans, Sunset (2003), colored monotype on J. Whatman 1961 HMP paper, image 66.2 x 47 cm, sheet 76.4 x 57.4 cm. Edition of 4. Printed by Maurice Sanchez, New York. Published by Brooke Alexander Editions, New York. © Luc Tuymans.

The dispiriting exit from the train station across a barren parking area into the streets of La Louvière on an overcast Belgian morning set the mood for visiting “Suspended – L’œuvre imprimé (1989–2014),” the print retrospective of Luc Tuymans, Belgium’s famously discomforting history painter. Read More

Richard Long’s Carborundum Songs

  • "Richard Long: The Spike Island Tapes"

  • Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Richard Long, Mississippi River Blues (2014), four-panel carborundum relief painted with an acrylic wash, each panel 194 × 121.5 cm, overall 194 × 486 cm. Edition of 2. Courtesy Richard Long and Alan Cristea Gallery, London.

One of the most notable features of Richard Long’s recent exhibition at Alan Cristea Gallery was the lyricism of the titles–Hickory Wind, The Lark in the Clear Air, Honky Tonk Women, Mississippi River Blues. Read More

Abstraction and Politics

  • "Eldzier Cortor: Coming Home"

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
The painter and printmaker Eldzier Cortor—now nearly 100 years old—has devoted his career to understanding and celebrating African-American culture. Read More