Alex Katz and Julian OpieDistillations of Contemporary Life 28 Feb - 15 May 2022 This Online Viewing Room presents the first juxtaposition between the works of Alex Katz (b. 1927) and Julian Opie (b. 1958). While from different artistic generations, both utilize individual reductive artistic languages reflective of our contemporary world in their figurative works; as a result, viewing their portraits, landscapes, and works depicting nature in juxtaposition is a most enriching experience. Both artists look at their surroundings and translate them in ways meant to be both pleasing to behold and subjectively relatable to all through their distilled style and everyday subject matter. As Opie says, “Art is a shared language and an amazing rich resource that allows us to understand the world and ourselves, in fact allows us to see and navigate the world.”
From Paris to New YorkTransformations in Printmaking 30 Jul - 24 Sep 2021 'From Paris to New York' begins with the growth of printmaking in early 20th century Paris, covers the war and interwar years in Europe, and goes up to and beyond the American renaissance of printmaking. As such, it highlights the moment artists became cognizant of the possibilities of printmaking beyond reproduction and began to rightfully see its capabilities to create innovative, autonomous works of art. In order to provide a cohesive perspective on the possibilities afforded by printmaking as well as the changes it underwent during this period, this viewing room includes woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, and screenprints.
This project sheds important light on an oft-overlooked period of great import to printmaking through the forefront of works from the modern, post-war, and contemporary periods. Whether pushing the boundaries of what prints could be, creating a new technique, or engaging in political or cultural commentary, all of the artists included in this viewing room are revelatory of the artistic possibilities inherent only in printmaking’s, resulting in unique pieces that are technically and visually brilliant as well as culturally significant.