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Exhibition Detail
Printin'
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019


February 19th, 2012 - May 14th, 2012
Opening: 
February 19th, 2012 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
 
Black Combs from DeLuxe (detail), Ellen GallagherEllen Gallagher,
Black Combs from DeLuxe (detail),
2004–05, Photogravure, chine collé, oil, laser cutting, plasticine, and toy eyeballs, from a portfolio of 60 mixed media works, composition and sheet, 13 x 10" (33 x 25.4 cm)
© Courtesy of the artist & MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) & Two Palms Press
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Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Print/Out, Printin’ takes as its starting point DeLuxe (2005), a tour de force portfolio of 60 works by Ellen Gallagher (American, b. 1965) that challenged traditional ideas of what a print could be. This technically complex work employs a veritable riot of mediums, unorthodox tools, and elements, from slicks of greasy pomade to plastic ice cubes. DeLuxe also offers a multivalent constellation of ideas, touching on such issues as portraiture, identity, history, advertising, commodity, and the disruption, translation, and recasting of space. Proposing a kind of technical dissection and conceptual unpacking of this portfolio, Printin’ brings together work by more than 50 artists from multiple disciplines in a sweeping chronology that extends from the 17th century to the present day, to propose a free-flowing yet incisive web of associations that are reflected in DeLuxe. Encompassing prints, drawings, films, books, photographs, sculptures, videos, and comic strips, the exhibition features such artists as Vija Celmins, David Hammons, George Herriman, Robert Rauschenberg, Martha Rosler, and many others, forming a dense network of formal, technical, and conceptual connections and intersections.


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