Important American Prints on View this Fall
This fall, The Hyde Collection presents a survey of iconic prints created during an unprecedented 50-year period of growth and innovation in American printmaking. Pulled, Pressed and Screened: Important American Prints will be on view in the Charles R. Wood Gallery from October 11 through January 10, 2016.
From the 1930s to the 1980s, the printed image in American art went through profound changes. Beginning with the black and white lithographs that were popularized by the Regionalists and urban Realists, and continuing through the experimental intaglio prints of the 1940s and 1950s, the Pop explosion of screen prints in the 1960s, and the precision of Photorealism in the 1970s, printmaking captured the imagination of countless American artists.
“This exhibition offers our visitors and local community the opportunity to discover an exciting and critically important period in the history of American printmaking,” said Erin Coe, Director of The Hyde Collection. “The artwork is visually diverse, representing a broad range of artists and approaches to the printed image while demonstrating how printmaking emerged as the media of choice for some of the most significant artists of the twentieth century.”
Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, Thomas Hart Benton, Dorothy Dehner, Richard Estes, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Robert Motherwell, Anne Ryan, and Andy Warhol are just a few of the artists represented in this exhibition, which features 51 prints.
Infusing art and technology, printmaking between 1930 and 1980 incorporated the artist’s vision with the technical capabilities of color screenprinting and color lithography, eliciting new and unique perspectives. The popularity of prints grew in tandem with innovations in the printmaking process itself. Especially significant are the contributions of women artists to printmaking, as well as the impact of African American artists on the graphic arts. Combined with artists who immigrated to the United States during this period, and the number of painters and sculptors who took up printmaking, this exhibition makes abundantly clear the egalitarian nature of the print.
The exhibition, drawn from the Syracuse University Art Collection, which houses more than 12,500 prints, is on a national tour. "We are very happy that The Hyde Collection is presenting another exhibition from our deep holdings of graphic art,” noted Domenic Iacono, Director of the Syracuse University Art Galleries. “Pulled, Pressed and Screened is a history lesson in terms of how American artists adopted print media to create powerful visual statements.”
Also at The Hyde This Fall
Highlighting women neglected or demonized by history, Audrey Flack: Heroines, features drawings and prints from world-renowned photorealist Audrey Flack.
Heroines offers Hyde visitors a unique experience of viewing recent work created by this contemporary American artist in the past four years. In the 1950s, Ms. Flack was recognized as an Abstract Expressionist with works full of bright, colorful, and complex motifs. Her later work in the 1970s centered on heroic feminist imagery with paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Macarena Esperanza, Leonardo’s Lady, and Lady Madonna.
Ms. Flack is a pioneer of Photorealism and was the first Photorealistic painter to have work purchased by the Museum of Modern Art. Her talent extends beyond painting to printmaking and sculpting, and her sculptures are on display in such places as the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn and the Monumental Gateway to the city of Rock Hill, SC.
Audrey Flack: Heroines, is at The Hyde from Sept. 26 – Jan. 3, 2016 in the Hoopes Gallery. It was organized by the Lafayette College Art Galleries in Pennsylvania.
Image credit: Robert Cottingham, American (b. 1935), Orph, 1972, color lithograph on wove paper, 20 X 30 in., Syracuse University Art Collection, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel S. Mandel, 1979.69. ©Robert Cottingham