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National Print Exhibition, 25th Biennial: Projects & Portfolios

DATES October 06, 1989 through 1989 (date unknown)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
  • August 1, 1989 The longest-running periodic survey of American printmaking in the United States will mark its 25th anniversary with the opening of The Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition Projects & Portfolios: The 25th National Print Exhibition on October 6. This important exhibition, which will examine trends and developments in the print field since 1986, includes 82 works by 50 well- and lesser-known artists. It will remain on view in the Museum’s Contemporary Galleries, located on the fifth floor, through December 31, 1989.

    To celebrate the 25th edition of the National Print Exhibition series, the Museum has organized a companion presentation entitled Print National Overview (September 29 - December 4) to serve as a historical context for Projects & Portfolios. The exhibition highlights works from each of the 24 previous National Print Exhibitions, first begun in 1947.

    Projects & Portfolios examines the trend in American printmaking in the last three years toward serial imagery. It contains examples from three categories of worK: portfolios, also known as suites, shown either in their entirety or by a representative selection, that deal with a narrative theme or variations; projects that consist of two or more examples of related prints that artists and master printers have created in extended workshop collaborations; and the most recent development, multicomponent prints created to be shown in a predetermined configuration as installations.

    The exhibition includes entire portfolios created by such artists as Francesco Clemente, Carroll Dunham, Donald Judd, Brice Marden, Robert Morris, and Michelle Stuart. Representative prints from projects include those by artists Deborah Freedman, Jane Hammond, Ellsworth Kelly, and Terence La Noue. Artists represented with installation pieces include John Baldessari, Charles Garabedian[,] and Matt Mullican.

    Projects & Portfolios was selected and organized by Barry Walker, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum. It was made possible, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

    The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue co-published by the Museum and Hine Editions with a foreword by Robert T. Buck, Director of The Brooklyn Museum, and an essay by Mr. Walker (softcover, $19.95).

    Artists Represented In The Exhibition

    Eric Avery
    John Baldessari
    Mel Bochner
    James Brown
    Michael Byron
    Louisa Chase
    Francesco Clemente
    Robert Cumming
    Dean Dass
    Michael David
    Carroll Dunham
    Christian Eckart
    Stephen Ellis
    Helen Frankenthaler
    Deborah Freedman
    Charles Garabedian
    Sandy Gellis
    Peter Halley
    Jane Hammond
    Jasper Johns
    Donald Judd
    Alex Katz
    Ellsworth Kelly
    Jane Kent
    Terence La Noue
    Barry Le Va
    Michael Manzavrakos
    Brice Marden
    Robert Morris
    Robert Motherwell
    Matt Mullican
    Elizabeth Murray
    James Nares
    John Newman
    Izhar Patkin
    Judy Pfaff
    Howardena Pindell
    Edward Ruscha
    Fred Sandback
    Arden Scott
    George Segal
    Joel Shapiro
    Kiki Smith
    Robert Stackhouse
    Michelle Stuart
    Donald Sultan
    Al Taylor
    Not Vital
    Sandy Walker
    Terry Winters

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1989 - 1994. 1989, 117-119.
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