Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking
March 18 - July 2, 2017
This exhibition is a historical survey of the four major processes of printmaking in the Western world. From the 15th to the 21st century, these prints highlight the remarkable diversity and ingenuity of this medium. The four methods of relief (woodcut), intaglio (etching, engraving), planographic (lithography), and stencil (screenprinting) will be represented, along with a brief look at the new medium of digital printing. Beginning with a 15th-century woodcut by Michael Wolgemut and continuing through to the 21st, with a silkscreen print by Shepard Fairey, Pressed for Time includes works by artists such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn, James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Jane Hammond, Yvonne Jacquette, Romare Bearden, and Andy Warhol.
Over the last five centuries, the creative potential of printmaking has attracted many of the world's great artists who turned to printmaking because it often offered greater flexibility than painting or drawing. Because the works were made in multiples, images could also be distributed more widely and more inexpensively to viewers and collectors. With the abundance of printed material today, distinguishing an original print from a reproduction can be confusing. By outlining the characteristics of an original print and tracing the historical development of printing, this exhibition will increase visitors' appreciation of this medium and the choices artists make to work in one process over another.
The exhibition has been organized by the Flint Institute of Arts and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
- Apr 7 Art Hop
- Experience a full night of free admission to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Featuring a Night of Printmaking with the Kirk Newman Art...
- Apr 11 ARTbreak: Video: Hidden Books, The Art of Kumi Korf
- Artist Kumi Korf, who was born in Japan and now lives in Ithaca, N.Y. This documentary gives a unique perspective on the artist's life as a...
- Apr 30 Sunday Tour: Impressions: Modern Printmaking in Japan and the West
- For centuries, exchanges of visual imagery between Japan and the West through printmaking has impacted the course of artistic development...
- May 18 Artist Talk: Nancy Sojka: History of Printmaking (Pressed For Time).
- Nancy Sojka: History of Printmaking (Pressed For Time).