Press release: Saint Louis Art Museum presents ‘Printing Abstraction’

By | November 28, 2018

Allan D’Arcangelo, American, 1930–1998; “Untitled”, 1968; screenprint; sheet: 29 1/2 × 23 9/16 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Okun 2057:1981 © Allan D’Arcangelo/Licensed by ARS, New York, NY

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 28, 2018—The Saint Louis Art Museum will present “Printing Abstraction,” an exhibition that draws on the Museum’s collection of abstract prints and multiples. The free exhibition opens Friday (Nov. 30) in Galleries 234 and 235.

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For the past 60 years, artists have worked to expand what it means to create images without direct reference to the natural, visible world, focusing on line, color and shape alone. To test the possibilities, some gravitated toward the reductive extremes of minimal, monochromatic compositions, while others achieved intense perceptual effects with complex patterns and bold hues. Printmaking, which offers an expansive range of outcomes—from the crisp, mechanical contours of screenprint to aquatint’s atmospheric shifts of tone—have served these artists’ goals with exceptional results.

“Printing Abstraction” considers various strategies, from Op art to hard-edge abstraction and beyond, that have emerged over the past six decades. The exhibition presents works from more than 20 artists, including figures who defined the field, such as Anni Albers, Marcel Duchamp and Ad Reinhardt. Works by artists from more recent generations, like McArthur Binion and James Turrell, speak to the continuing relevance of abstraction today.

“Printing Abstraction” is curated by Gretchen Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings and Photographs, and complements the main exhibition “Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now,” which is open through Feb. 3, 2019. “Printing Abstraction” closes on March 31, 2019.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org