Playing with Process: Explorations in Experimental Printmaking June 19–September 8, 2013

Playing with Process showcases modern and contemporary artists who push the boundaries of traditional printmaking. A highly versatile medium, printmaking evolves with the technology of its time. Artists continually revolutionize their materials, techniques, and processes. The experimental prints in this exhibition combine time-tested printmaking techniques with innovative ideas, such as printing on nontraditional surfaces, using digital technology, and employing unconventional tools.

Printmaking has a long, rich history—the medium originated in China after the invention of paper in AD 105. Prints were initially exploited as a form of communication but were later elevated to the fine arts in part because of their unique technical qualities. To make a print, an artist applies ink to paper not by directly drawing on its surface, but through a transfer process, which results in multiple originals.

Drawn primarily from the MFAH collection, Playing with Process features prints by artists including John Cage, Mel Chin, Helen Frankenthaler, Nicholas Galanin, Isca Greenfield-Saders, Ellsworth Kelly, Sherrie Levine, Suzanne Manns, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Rauschenberg.

This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


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