11 Jan 2018 - 10 Feb 2018
A new exhibition at the Alan Cristea Gallery presents classic and recent prints by some of the greatest artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Frank Stella, who began making prints in the late 1960s, employs a vast array of innovative techniques in his editions. Ahab’s Leg, 1989, which measures 190.5 x 139.0 cm, is a combination of screenprinting, lithography, linoleum block with hand colouring and collage. This work, from a series of thirteen under the group title, Waves, 1985-89, forms part of a larger body work by Stella that was inspired by Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick.
The exhibition includes a lithograph by Jasper Johns, an artist cited by Stella as a major influence on his career. John’s Cup 2 Picasso, made in 1973 as part of a portfolio to honour the death of Picasso, uses mirrored portraits of Picasso to depict a toasting cup honoring the late artist. Screenprints by Richard Hamilton made in the late 1960s and early 1970s depict pop culture icons including Bing Crosby and Marilyn Monroe. My Marilyn, 1965, is based on photographs of the actress by George Barris published in Town Magazine.
Andy Warhol’s Electric Chair, 1971, also depicts an image sourced from newspaper photography. This work is from a portfolio of ten screenprints based on paintings made by Warhol in the late 1960s exploring the theme of death and disaster. Further screenprints on show include Roy Lichtenstein’s The Den, 1990, and Tom Wesselman’s Monica Nude with Lichtenstein, 2002. The exhibition also features Lithographic Water Made of Lines and Crayon, 1978, by David Hockney, a depiction of Hockney's swimming pool that has become a significant image for the artist.
These classic prints are shown together with more recent works by two artists who have dedicated their lives to defying the traditional notion of what a print should be; Jim Dine’s lithograph of his wife, Big Diana with Poem, 2007, can be seen alongside a new work by Joe Tilson who employs hand colouring in his ongoing series of Venetian architectural motifs.
Other recent works include a drawing by Emma Stibbon who has used ink, carbon and volcano ash to depict volcanic features in a stark Hawaiian landscape. This large monochromatic drawing is shown together with Deep Water, 2013, by Christiane Baumgartner, a large woodcut diptych illustrating multi-coloured reflections in water.
Infinite Loop, 2016 by artist duo Langlands & Bell’s is taken from body of work that depicts the futuristic architecture of twenty-first century global internet giants. The inkjet print, which comes in four colour variants, depicts the Apple headquarters isolated from its surroundings and turned on its side, shown at various points in rotation. This composition pays homage to a work by Richard Hamilton, Five Tyres remoulded, 1971. The exhibition also features an edition by Rachel Whiteread, who uses industrial materials such as plaster, concrete, and resin to cast everyday objects. Cup & Saucer, 2008, consists of a hand painted cast bronze cup and saucer moulded from dolls house china.