Join Brooke Mulvaney, curator and collections manager for works on paper, for an overview of the exhibition.
Figurative Prints: 1980s Rewind features approximately forty works drawn almost exclusively from the Museum’s outstanding collection of contemporary prints. Among the artists represented are Francesco Clemente, Eric Fischl, Susan Rothenberg, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel.
Though many are primarily known as painters, these artists embraced printmaking for its physicality, directness, and immediacy. Etching and woodcut resurged at this time because artists deemed them the most appropriate print techniques to reflect the many dramas they were depicting. Some artists struggled with their nation’s historical and cultural legacy, others turned inward, exploring private moments such as dreams and unconscious states. Figurative Prints puts the work of so-called Neo-Expressionists, graffiti artists, and academically trained artists side by side.
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