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

I'm at The Getty Center Today for More Pacific Standard Time

This is absolutely a great time to be in LA! The Getty Center is showing Crosscurrents in LA Painting and Sculpture, 1950 to 1970.

This “exhibition charts the abundant artistic innovation in post-World War II Los Angeles. During this period, Los Angeles artists looked for new approaches, subjects, and techniques for art making, including experimenting with the materials and processes of the pioneering industries in the region and the local surf and car cultures. The exhibition leads viewers on a dynamic tour from the emergence of an indigenous strain of modernism evident in the hard-edge paintings, assemblage sculpture, and large-scale ceramics of the 1950s, to the subsequent development of iconic Pop images of the city in the 1960s, and the conceptual and material contributions of Light and Space art and process painting that fostered the advanced art of the 1970s.”