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The exhibition runsApril 26 - August 24

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Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Iain Baxter, Robert Bechtle, John Cage, Pia Fries, Anish Kapoor, Per Kirkeby, Tom Marioni,
Dorothy Napangardi, Jockum Nordström, Laura Owens, Judy Pfaff, Ed Ruscha, Pat Steir

 
Vito Acconci1940
USA
20 Foot Ladder for Any Size Wall, 1979–81 (detail)
© Vito Acconci & Crown Point Press
20 Foot Ladder for Any Size Wall, 1979–81
Photoetching on eight sheets of paper, printed in grey, 620 x 110 cm
2 Wings for Wall and Person, 1979-81
Photoetching on 12 sheets of paper, printed in pink, 135 x 681 cm

Throughout his career Vito Acconci has systematically explored and dealt with the relationship between the private and the public. During the 1970s he was noted for his groundbreaking and provocative performance, film and video work. At the end of the 1980s he started an art and architectural firm which today primarily works with large public assignments that combine art, architecture and landscape design. He is a professor at Brooklyn College in New York. Acconci’s two works from Crown Point Press on display in this exhibition integrate both the viewer’s physical presence and the architecture of the exhibition space into the anatomy of the artwork.

Vito Acconci lives and works in New York.

 

 
John Baldessari1931
USA
Six Colorful Gags (male), 1991
© Vito Acconci & Crown Point Press
Six Colorful Gags (male), 1991
Photogravure with color aquatint and spit bite aquatint,
120 x 137,5 cm
Person with Conscience (green)/Animals Quiescent, 1991
Photogravure with color aquatint and spit bite aquatint,
120 x 137,5 cm
Hand and Chin (with entwined hands), 1991
Photogravure with color spit bite aquatint, 84 x 56 cm

In his paintings, prints and photographic works, John Baldessari investigates the relationships between words, text, images and logic, and challenges the viewer’s preconceived notions and expectations. While exhibiting extensively internationally, he has also taught continually until recently at the California Institute of the Arts and University of California Los Angeles. He has been a mentor for several generations of acknowledged artists from California. John Baldessari’s art is characterized by a philosophical seriousness that hides behind radical aesthetics and a dry humor. Or perhaps it is the other way around.

John Baldessari lives and works in Santa Monica.

 

 
Iain Baxter1936
England
Reflected San Francisco Beauty Spots – Buddha in Golden Gate Park, 1979
© Iain Baxter & Crown Point Press
Reflected San Francisco Beauty Spots – Buddha in
Golden Gate Park, 1979
Photoetching with color aquatint, 89 x 76,5 cm
Reflected San Francisco Beauty Spots – Pyramid Building, 1979
Photoetching with color aquatint, 89 x 76,5 cm

Iain Baxter has a background in biology and zoology. His art is influenced by both scientific theory and Eastern philosophy. In 1965 Baxter started N.E. Thing Co. Ltd., a company through which he explored the potential for alternative forms of artistic production. Iain Baxter is recognized as a forerunner of Canadian conceptual art, and is a professor at the University of Windsor’s School of Visual Arts. In the series “Reflected San Francisco Beauty Spots” we see a picture with the picture of a mirror, which in turn reflects a chosen spot in San Francisco. An image of an image of an image in the eye of the beholder.

Iain Baxter lives and works in Canada.

 

 
Robert Bechtle1932
USA
Mississippi Street Intersection, 2007
© Robert Bechtle & Crown Point Press
Sunset Intersection, 1983
Color soft ground etching in three panels on one sheet of paper,
82 x 152 cm
Mississippi Street Intersection, 2007
Color soft ground etching with aquatint, 66 x 82 cm

Robert Bechtle has lived and worked his entire life in the San Francisco Bay Area and takes his motifs from his immediate surroundings, with San Francisco’s characteristic architecture, steep hills and parked cars as subjects for his studies. Bechtle is interested in perception in relation to the varying concepts of time that different visual media represent, and his paintings and etchings are executed as slow and meditative reformulations of photographic images. He has taught at San Francisco State University and has worked regularly at Crown Point Press since 1967.

Robert Bechtle lives and works in San Francisco.

 

 
John Cage 1912-1992
USA
Eninka #35, 1986
© John Cage & Crown Point Press



The Missing Stone, 1989
Spit bite aquatint with sugar lift aquatint on smoked paper,
137,5 x 104,5 cm
Eninka nr. 28, 35, 37, 42. 1986
Smoked paper monotypes with branding on Gampi chine collé,
62,5 x 47 cm
John Cage is primarily known as one of the 20th century’s most important American composers. He also worked a large part of his lifewith painting,drawing and printmaking. His art is influenced by both Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism,which he studied in the 1940s. Cage invented elaborate work methods to prevent his ego from getting in the way of the creative process. Both as a composer and artist he was concerned with sharpening his,and hopefully his audience’s senses, in order to become more aware of the world around us and the constant flux of daily life.In his own words, “Art is everywhere,it is only seeing that stops now and then.”

From 1978 until his death in 1992 Cage worked almost annually at Crown Point Press.

 

 
Pia Fries 1955
Schweiz
Sulk, 2007.
© Pia Fries & Crown Point Press
Falc, 2007
Color soap ground and spit bite aquatints with photogravure and roulette, 88 x 65 cm
Pliss, 2007
Color soap ground and spit bite aquatints with photogravure and roulette, 88 x 65 cm
Sulk, 2007
Color soap ground and spit bite aquatints with photogravure,
soft ground etching and roulette, 88 x 65 cm
Pia Fries studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Gerhard Richter in the 1980’s. Her work relates to the venerable tradition of abstraction in painting with a mixture of equal parts critical distance and deep insight into this tradition. She works with a bold and distinctive painterly diction that at first glimpse seems to consist of expressive gestures but on closer examination are revealed to be carefully formulated and accurately organized visual statements. Pia Fries’s first series of etchings from Crown Point Press stand out as intriguing and enticing maps of yet unexplored worlds.

Pia Fries lives and works in Düsseldorf.

 

 
Anish Kapoor1954
Indien
Mother of Light, 1991
© Anish Kapoor & Crown Point Press
Mother of Light, 1991
Spit bite aquatint, 135 x 110 cm

The Indian-British artist Anish Kapoor is renown for his monumental architectural and site-specific sculptures, which challenge the limits of our spatial perception. Anish Kapoor’s works have a unique ability to initially seduce the viewer with their utter beauty and then cause the disquieting sensation of suddenly realizing you have no idea what you are looking at–an experience that can be described as a metaphysical vertigo. Mother of Light is one of 23 etchings Anish Kapoor produced at Crown Point Press between 1988 and 1991.

Anish Kapoor lives and works in England.

 

 
Per Kirkeby1938
Danmark
Thoughts in the Sun, 1993
© Per Kirkeby & Crown Point Press
Thoughts in the Sun, 1993
Color sugar lift aquatint with aquatint and drypoint, partly
printed in relief, 77 x 106,5 cm
Olive Thoughts, 1993
Color soap ground aquatint with hard ground etching, drypoint
and aquatint, 77 x 106,5 cm

Per Kirkeby was a young geology student in 1962 when he joined the legendary experimental art school Eksskolen in Copenhagen with Joseph Beuys, Poul Gernes and Bjørn Nørgaard, among others. His interest in geology has played an essential role throughout Kirkeby’s prolific artistic production, which includes painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, film and large public commissions. Kirkeby is also active as a writer and has been a professor at the art academy in Karlsruhe and the Frankfurter Stedschule. During an intensive week at Crown Point Press in 1993 he completed a series of 18 smaller black-and-white etchings and four large color etchings.

Per Kirkeby lives and works in Denmark.

 

 
Tom Marioni1937
USA
Drawing a line as far as I can reach (second version) 1996
© Tom Marioni & Crown Point Press
Walking drawing (Drypoint) 2006
Color drypoint with flat bite etching printed on two sheets
of paper, 90 x 205 cm
Drawing a line as far as I can reach (second version) 1996
Hard ground etching with plate tarnish printed in umber
and black, 196 x 48,5 cm
Process landscape 1992
Color monotype, 127 x 102 cm

Tom Marioni is a sculptor who works conceptually with sculpture, drawing, printmaking, installation and performance. His comprehensive body of work is inspired by Asian culture and philosophy and the conceptual tradition within Western art that was initiated by Marcel Duchamp. In 1970 Marioni started the Museum of Conceptual Art (MOCA) in San Francisco, which was one of the United State’s most important alternative art venues up until its’ closing in 1984. He has worked with Crown Point Press since 1974 as an artist, curator and author. Tom Marioni uses the materials and tools of etching as both means and end in his process-oriented performance pieces where the finished print is a poetic and matter-of-fact consequence of the artists’ action.

Tom Marioni lives and works in San Francisco.

 

 
Dorothy Napangardi1956
Australien
Kana-Kurlangu Jukurrpa (Digging Stick Dreaming), 2004
© Dorothy Napangardi & Crown Point Press
Kana-Kurlangu Jukurrpa (Digging Stick Dreaming), 2004
Color aquatint with sugar lift aquatint, 79 x 63 cm
Karntakurangu Jukurrpa (Women’s Dreaming 1), 2004
Color soap ground and sugar lift aquatints, 79 x 63 cm
Mina Mina Country, 2004
Color sugar lift aquatint, 79 x 63 cm

Dorothy Napangardi comes from Mina Mina in central Australia. She is one of about 3000 Aborigines who speak the Warlpiris language. She works within an artistic tradition thousands of years old, where the concept of Jukurrpa, which can only imprecisely be translated into English as “Dreaming”, is of essential cultural importance, and which is passed down from generation to generation through ceremonies and painting. Dorothy Napangardi’s art is therefore abstract only for the uninitiated. Her unique and radiant etchings confirm that artistic quality transcends all geographic, cultural and chronological limitations.

Dorothy Napangardi lives and works in Australia.

 

 
Jockum Nordström1963
Sverige
Lick My Hand, 2008
© Jockum Nordström & Crown Point Press
Back to the Land 2008
Color spit bite and sugar lift aquatint with soft ground etching,
66 x 122,5 cm
House and Bugs 2008
Color spit bite and sugar lift aquatints with soft ground etching,
57,5 x 80,5 cm
Lick My Hand 2008
Color spit bite and sugar lift aquatints with aquatint and soft
ground etching, 49 x 67 cm

Etching was an untested medium for Jockum Nordström when he arrived as a guest artist in December 2007 to Crown Point Press’s large combined studio and printshop in central San Francisco. The new medium proved a good fit with his artistic approach. As if in a modern alchemists laboratory, his images grew out of the blending of ideas, chemicals and shiny copper plates. The etchings are a unique synthesis of the precision of his drawings, the openness of the collage and the organic color scale of painting. Nordström is the first Swedish artist invited by Crown Point Press through a collaboration with Grafikens Hus and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

Jockum Nordström lives and works in Sweden.

 

 
Laura Owens1970
USA
Untitled (LO 270), 2004
© Laura Owens & Crown Point Press
Untitled (LO 270) 2004
Color spit bite and soap ground aquatints with aquatint and
soft ground etching, 84 x 71,5 cm
Untitled (LO 271) 2004
Color spit bite aquatint with aquatint and soft ground etching,
84 x 71,5 cm
Untitled (LO 273) 2004
Spit bite aquatint with soft ground etching and drypoint
printed in blue, 57,5 x 44,5 cm

Laura Owens is one of the United State’s most prominent young artists within the new figurative painting scene that has emerged in the last ten years. She belongs to a post-theoretical generation of artists, and has said that she approaches her work in “a matter-of-fact way in order to take some of the preciousness and exclusiveness out of the history of the practice”. Laura Owens concluded her studies at the California Institute of the Arts in 1994 and already has an extensive exhibition history with separate exhibitions at such leading institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Kunsthalle Zürich.

Laura Owens lives and works in Los Angeles.

 

 
Judy Pfaff1946
USA
Half a Dozen of the Other
© Judy Pfaff & Crown Point Press
Half a Dozen of the Other – De Lumia e Obra 1991
Color aquatint with spit bite and sugar lift aquatints and soft
ground etching, 109,5 x 129 cm
Half a Dozen of the Other – Del Fumio e Polvera 1991
Color drypoint with spit bite and sugar lift aquatints and relief
printing, 109,5 x 129 cm

Judy Pfaff is one of the pioneers of installation art. Her characteristic sculptural installations expand spatially like monumental three-dimensional drawings, consisting of vast accumulations of disparate material and shapes. Her two etchings from Crown Point Press in this exhibition build elaborately organized microcosms of abstract shapes, movements and structures that walk a fine line between chaos and order. The titles of the etchings refer to Leonardo da Vinci’s musings on the nature of phenomena.

Judy Pfaff is a professor at Bard College, New York. Judy Pfaff lives and works in New York.

 

 
Ed Ruscha1937
USA
Public Market, 2006
© Ed Ruscha & Crown Point Press
L.A.S.F. #1 2003
Color soft ground etching, 95,5 x 77,5 cm
L.A.S.F. #2 2003
Color Soft ground etching, 95,5 x 77,5 cm
City Space 2006
Color aquatint with sugar lift flat bite and hard ground etching,
76 x 63,5 cm
Your Space #2 2006.
Color aquatint with sugar lift flat bite and hard ground etching,
76 x 63,5 cm
Your Space Gravure 2006
Photogravure with color aquatint, hard ground etching and
gampi paper chine collé, 76 x 63,5 cm
Public Market 2006
Sugar lift flat bite with hard ground etching on gampi paper
chine collé, 65,5 x 74 cm

Ed Ruscha is probably the artist who has most clearly articulated the visual culture that is so characteristic for southern California and Los Angeles. It is a culture based on the fact that life is largely experienced from within a car on the artery of freeways. Urban sprawl, billboards, gas stations, shopping malls, and palm trees under an eternally blue sky. Simplified and quick visual messages everywhere–speed here has become a part of the language’s syntax. Ruscha is considered one of the central figures of American Pop Art, and he has worked with Crown Point Press since 1982.

Ed Ruscha lives and works in Los Angeles.

 

 
Pat Steir1940
USA
Alphabet: Primary, 2007
© Pat Steir & Crown Point Press
Alphabet: Primary 2007.
Color soap ground and sugar lift aquatints with hard ground etching, 72,5 x 134 cm
Alphabet: Secondary 2007
Color soap ground sugar lift and spit bite aquatints with drypoint, 82,5 x 134 cm
Alphabet: Grisille 2007.
Color spit bite aquatint with aquatint, 82,5 x 134 cm

Pat Steir’s artistic process is similar to basic research in science. A central issue within all serious research is “What happens if you do this?” The answer is never preordained, whether in science or art. Some of Steir’s tools in Crown Point Press’s studio: paintbrushes, gravitation, acids, meditation, copper plates, action.
Pat Steir has an honorary doctorate from the Pratt Institute, New York. She has worked regularly at Crown Point Press since 1977.

Pat Steir lives and works in New York.