Colour Correction Opens November 27

Posted: October 22, 2015


Kalamazoo Institute of Arts brings the bold color of printmakers from Albers to Warhol: Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-75

KALAMAZOO, MI -- An exhibition of screenprints from the era of Vietnam War protests and psychedelic culture opens November 27 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-75 features work by 32 artists, including some of Andy Warhol's iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Mao Zedong, and a can of Campbell's Tomato Soup.

Invented in the early 20th century as a quick, low-cost way to create colorful, graphic prints, silkscreening was originally and primarily used for advertising.

"Colour Correction chronicles a time of social and political change, and change in the world of contemporary art," says Karla Niehus, KIA Associate Curator of Exhibitions. "These artists were among the first to use screenprinting outside the commercial advertising arena. They helped redefine the medium as a fine art form and created some of the most innovative and resonant printmaking of the era."

On view will be works by some of the best-known printmakers, including Josef Albers -- whose work was recently added to the White House walls at the request of President and Mrs. Obama.

The KIA's two largest galleries will hold the exhibition's 80 prints, which range from the fanciful Pop art of Nicholas Monro to the political critiques of May Stevens and the minimalist abstractions and optical exercises of Richard Anuszkiewicz, William T. Williams, and Liliane Lijn. Additional artists shown will be Ilya Bolotowsky, Patrick Caulfield, Robyn Denny, Patrick Heron, Patrick Hughes, R.B. Kitaj, Robert Motherwell, Peter Phillips, John Piper, Larry Rivers, and Richard Smith.

The exhibition was organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and curated by Marshall Price, Ph.D., the Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum.

Dr. Price will be at the KIA for a presentation sponsored by the Kalamazoo Art League on December 9 at 10 am. He will discuss the printmaking renaissance of the 1960s in the U.K. and the U.S.

The exhibition's presentation in Kalamazoo is sponsored by PNC and will continue through March 27, 2016.