It's New/It's Now: Recent Gifts of Contemporary Prints and Drawings

If you're looking to go to an exhibit featuring multiple, one-name luminaries — Warhol, Lichtenstein, Johns — a prints and drawings exhibition is often your best bet. Less expensive than other forms of contemporary art, prints from a steadily expanding number of high-end presses have been a favorite of collectors for more than 50 years. The MIA's new exhibit, "It's New/It's Now," showcases the result of seven years of gifts to the museum, and features pieces from the 1960s to the present. The relative ease of viewing works on paper makes this exhibit, which features 60 artists, seem manageable in a way that most modern-art exhibits of a similar scale would not be. That should not be taken as a slight against prints: A well-made print carries a level of gravitas and depth equivalent to any oil-on-canvas piece, and the precision and almost industrial craftsmanship of prints put the process of creating the art front and center. The works on display at the exhibit, opening in the Target gallery on Sunday, are produced by some of the best printmakers and studios in the country. Among them is Kenneth Tyler, known for both his close collaboration with Frank Stella (whose work is featured) and his contributions to printing technology that expanded the possibilities for prints in both size and complexity. Artists featured in the exhibit include the pop-art icons mentioned above, as well as contemporary artists like Chuck Close, master of massive portraits, and feminist artist Kiki Smith. The work, which includes dramatically oversized prints over six feet tall, will be organized visually rather than chronologically or by artist. (Pictured: Kiki Smith, Worm (1992))
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 14. Continues through Sept. 1, 2013

 
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