The Artist’s Gesture
The Inaugural Polly and Mark Addison Outreach Exhibition
November 17, 2018 – February 10, 2019
Saturday, November 17, 1 – 3 pm
This exhibition celebrates American printmaking with prints from the Polly and Mark Addison Collection at the CU Art Museum. These prints show how artists and printmakers in the 20th century used the graphic and expressive qualities of line to evoke emotion. For example, Helen Frankenthaler’s 1970 screen print, What Red Lines Can Do, explores her physical relationship with art materials, an aspect of her paintings that she later investigated in printmaking. Sol Lewitt’s lithograph from the 1971 portfolio Work from Instructions similarly engages with the artist’s gesture, recording his experiments with drawn lines made with both calculated and unmitigated gesture, while Hollis Sigler’s bold Hoping to Bring Her Life Together from 1996 grapples with mortality in light of her long-term battle with cancer. These and all the artists represented in the exhibition probe the possibilities of expression in printmaking, revealing human presence in a mechanically reproducible medium.
Ailie Pankonien, Exhibit Curator, MA, Art History