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Contemporary Women Printmakers
at Colorado College, I.D.E.A. Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Recommendation by Leanne Haase Goebel


Hung Liu, 'Official Portraits: Citizen,' 2006, lithograph with collage, edition 12/30.

 

Fifty-six diverse works of printmaking created by women artists since the 1970s come together in "Women’s Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers." Happily, they explore more than gender issues. The diversity of processes and techniques utilized by artists from Helen Frankenthaler and Agnes Martin, through Louise Bourgeois and Barbara Kruger, and on to Wangechi Mutu and Kara Walker reflect and convey cultural and social themes explored by contemporary art over the past forty years through conceptual strategies. Color, geometry, drawing, painting are all combined and recombined. This exhibition is, in part, a romp through art history from Abstract Expressionism to recent works of a more narrative and fictive nature, to pop art’s consumer and advertising culture, to questioning the position and role of women in society. The venue also explores a breadth and variety of printmaking approaches. The gallery provides an informative handout defining printmaking terms from aquatint to watermark, which is presented in a helpful but unobtrusive manner that is not distracting. Younger contemporary artists as seen here are pushing these traditional techniques forward by combining styles and methods to create forms of expression that relate to the issues of our time.

 

Fifty-six diverse works of printmaking created by women artists since the 1970s come together in "Women’s Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers." Happily, they explore more than gender issues. The diversity of processes and techniques utilized by artists from Helen Frankenthaler and Agnes Martin, through Louise Bourgeois and Barbara Kruger, and on to Wangechi Mutu and Kara Walker reflect and convey cultural and social themes explored by contemporary art over the past forty years through conceptual strategies. Color, geometry, drawing, painting are all combined and recombined. This exhibition is, in part, a romp through art history from Abstract Expressionism to recent works of a more narrative and fictive nature, to pop art’s consumer and advertising culture, to questioning the position and role of women in society. The venue also explores a breadth and variety of printmaking approaches. The gallery provides an informative handout defining printmaking terms from aquatint to watermark, which is presented in a helpful but unobtrusive manner that is not distracting. Younger contemporary artists as seen here are pushing these traditional techniques forward by combining styles and methods to create forms of expression that relate to the issues of our time.

 

 

I.D.E.A. at Colorado College

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