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Exhibition Detail
Multiplicity
2200 Parks Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451


May 29th - August 17th
Opening: 
May 29th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Self Portrait, Chuck CloseChuck Close, Self Portrait,
2000, Screenprint on paper
© Courtesy of the artist & The Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Multiplicity features more than eighty prints by such outstanding modern and contemporary artists as John Baldessari, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker. The concept of making multiple images from the same matrix has been integral to printmaking ever since the earliest prints were pulled from woodblocks and metal plates in the fifteenth century. E ach impression is an original work of art. Many of the artists in this exhibition have expanded the idea of multiplicity beyond editions of identical impressions by creating series, sequences, and images that comprise numerous parts. They explore repetition, pairing, and variations on a theme as artistic strategies. Implicit in their work is a challenge to rarity and uniqueness as determinants of value. Multiplicity brings together a selection of prints by artists for whom the idea of multiplicity in its many forms provides a touchstone for their artistic expression. These prints are the result of collaboration between the artist and professional printers who help realize the artist’s vision. They challenge the authority of the unique masterpiece and alter the stereotype of the artist working alone in the studio.

Multiplicity features more than eighty prints by such outstanding modern and contemporary artists as John Baldessari, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, Sol LeWitt, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker. The concept of making multiple images from the same matrix has been integral to printmaking ever since the earliest prints were pulled from woodblocks and metal plates in the fifteenth century. E ach impression is an original work of art. Many of the artists in this exhibition have expanded the idea of multiplicity beyond editions of identical impressions by creating series, sequences, and images that comprise numerous parts. They explore repetition, pairing, and variations on a theme as artistic strategies. Implicit in their work is a challenge to rarity and uniqueness as determinants of value. Multiplicity brings together a selection of prints by artists for whom the idea of multiplicity in its many forms provides a touchstone for their artistic expression. These prints are the result of collaboration between the artist and professional printers who help realize the artist’s vision. They challenge the authority of the unique masterpiece and alter the stereotype of the artist working alone in the studio. - See more at: http://www.virginiamoca.org/multiplicity#sthash.ziM8sME1.dpuf

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