The D.C. Docent

Prints, Prints and Prints at American Art Museum

Multiplicity, an exhibit of over 80 prints from the museum’s permanent collection go on display today and includes work from Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, Kiki Smith, Julie Mehretu, and Kara Walker.

Printmaking is one of my favorite art forms and if you’ve been following my tweets, I recently saw the phenomenal Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California as part of Pacific Standard Time at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. I also blogged in September about the treasure trove of prints that National Gallery of Art has courtesy of the Gemini G.E.L. archives (who were a major hub of LA printmaking).

So it’s fitting that Multiplicity is taking place now. I think it’s also curious that about half of the prints in this show are recent acquisitions! Is printmaking hot again?

In conjunction with this show there are a number of programs including a discussion with Washington area printmakers on November 16th from 6-7pm. Exhibit runs through March 2012