February 7, 1986: Public and Private: American Prints Today, the twenty-fourth edition of The Brooklyn Museum’s National Print Exhibition, will open February 7 in the Robert E. Blum Gallery on the first floor and will be on view through April 28. The exhibition, organized by Barry Walker, Associate Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings, will contain one hundred works, including single sheets, artist’s books, and portfolios.
Though the emphasis in American printmaking for the last twenty-five years has been on the wall print, which has come to be looked upon as painting or a substitute for painting, there is now a return to smaller, more intimate prints you can hold in your hand. In line with this trend, twenty to twenty-five percent of this year’s entries will be smaller format.
The most innovative feature of the exhibition is the inclusion of two sets of small portfolios and artist’s books. One will be shown on the wall or in cases, while another will be available, upon request, for individual handheld perusal. The viewer will thus be able to see portfolios and books as they were intended to be seen, rather than under the normal museum or gallery conditions, where they are framed and covered by plexiglas.
The exhibition will include such established artists as Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Eric Fischl, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as emerging artists from around the country, including Eric Avery (Texas), John Buck (Montana), Mario Kon (Massachusetts), John Overton (Washington), and Anthony Rice (Florida). The East Village will be represented by David Sandlin, Kevin Larmee, and Richard Hambleton, as well as by other artists whose work could be described as in the spirit of the East Village, such as Charles Hewitt.
For the first time in over twenty years, the Print National will travel--to the Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan; the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; the Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
This exhibition was made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition ($8.50 members; $10 nonmembers.)
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1986, 025.