|Robert Cottingham - Orph, 1972 color lithograph on wove paper|
|Jim Dine - Self Portrait Zinc + Acid, 1964|
etching on wove paper
This gorgeous selection makes clear how important printmaking is to 20th-century American art and provides a wonderful window onto our history. It's also easy to love, as many of the artists are familiar names, including Grant Wood, Robert Blackburn, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Milton Avery, Romare Bearden, and Dorothy Dehner.
|Anne Ryan - Three Figures, 1948|
color woodcut on black wove paper
|Jasper Johns - Periscope, 1981|
color intaglio on wove paper
|Alex Katz - White Petunia, 1969|
lithograph on wove paper
Among the earlier examples in the show are many immigrants, often using the graphic medium as a people's art form and as a platform to communicate ideas about social progress. This includes Harry Gottlieb, a Romanian native whose The Strike is Won is vintage WPA propaganda; Yasuo Kuniyoshi's Aerialist, which portrays a high-wire artist as a real person; and Minna Wright Cintron's acerbic Men Seldom Make Passes, which simultaneously amuses and flirts with early abstraction. Also in this group are icons of the Depression era: Reginald Marsh, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Stuart Davis, and Wood.
After a period that emphasized abstraction, it's interesting to note that some of the later work in the show returns to social issues, with examples by Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol leading the way, capped off by a Vito Acconci six-part acquatint from 1979-81 that combines the flags of the U.S, the Soviet Union, and China. A lot has happened since, in politics and art, but Pulled, Pressed and Screened still packs a nice punch. Try to see it if you can.
Also, please note the Hyde is "pay as you wish" for the month of December.
|Roy Lichtenstein - Entablature VII, 1976, screenprint embossing on wove paper|