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June 5, 2014  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Sigmar Polke’s Printed Dots
Installation view of Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 19–August 3, 2014. © 2014 The Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany

Installation view of Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 19–August 3, 2014. © 2014 The Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany

Within the arsenal of unusual and experimental techniques on clamorous display in Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010, the artist’s prints are notable for their sly celebration of the halftone dot pattern, the tonal register that has enabled images to be reproduced in newspaper photographs, magazine ads, consumer packaging, etc. since the late 19th century. Read more

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April 16, 2014  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Metamorphoses: Paul Gauguin’s Oil Transfer Drawings
Paul Gauguin. <i>Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit</i> (recto). c. 1900. Oil transfer drawing

Paul Gauguin. Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit (recto). c. 1900. Oil transfer drawing. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (by exchange), Vincent d’Aquila and Harry Soviak Bequest Fund (by exchange), and acquired through the generosity of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Endowment for Prints, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mary M. Spencer, and Stephen Dull, 2014

One of the most extraordinary works in the current exhibition Gauguin: Metamorphoses is Tahitian Woman with Evil Spirit (c. 1900), which was acquired for MoMA’s collection just weeks before the exhibition opened. Among the many exceptionally innovative works on paper that are the focus of the exhibition, this exciting new acquisition stands out for its monumental scale and magisterial presence. Read more

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January 2, 2014  |  Collection & Exhibitions
In a Glance: Jorinde Voigt’s Gardens of Pleasure Print Series
Jorinde Voigt. 3 Views GREEN. Games of Love; "Autumn flowers", "Face to face"; from the album "Gardens of Pleasure," China 17th century. Countdown/ Countup in Sek.; Himmelsrichtung N-S; Windrichtung/ Windstärke; Deklination Rotationsrichtung/ Umdrehungen pro Tag. 2011. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund

Jorinde Voigt. 3 Views GREEN. Games of Love; “Autumn flowers”, “Face to face”; from the album “Gardens of Pleasure,” China 17th century. Countdown/ Countup in Sek.; Himmelsrichtung N-S; Windrichtung/ Windstärke; Deklination Rotationsrichtung/ Umdrehungen pro Tag. 2011. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund

One might be surprised to learn that the source material for Jorinde Voigt’s 2011 Gardens of Pleasure—a series of five lithographs with ink additions published by Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition—is in fact 17th-century Chinese erotic art. Read more

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September 19, 2013  |  Artists, Publications
Rediscovering The Prints of Paul Klee
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The Prints of Paul Klee

In 1947, The Museum of Modern Art published a deluxe portfolio of The Prints of Paul Klee, a luxurious green ribbon-bound box encasing 40 individual prints of Paul Klee’s etchings and lithographs, and a booklet by James Thrall Soby, then Chairman of the Museum’s Department of Painting and Sculpture. Read more

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January 23, 2013  |  Collection & Exhibitions
On Loan: Richard Artschwager’s Interior #2
Richard Artschwager. Untitled from the Rubber Stamp Portfolio, 1976.

Richard Artschwager. Untitled from the Rubber Stamp Portfolio. 1976. Rubber stamp. Publisher: Parasol Press, New York. Edition: 1,000. Gift of Parasol Press, Ltd. and the Publications Department of The Museum of Modern Art. © 2013 Richard Artschwager/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Door, window, table, basket, mirror, rug. These six simple elements—found in many a living room and throughout the glossy pages of any home furnishing catalogue—are the components of a series that Richard Artschwager began creating in 1974. Read more

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Louise Bourgeois: Spider Bytes
A finished diagram on the site with notes describing how these works are instructed to appear

A finished diagram on the site with notes about underlying data

MoMA’s recently launched website, Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books, seems to effortlessly reveal Bourgeois’s creative process. You might not suspect that a highly organized sea of intricate data lives behind that elegant design. Read more

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January 9, 2013  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
MoMA Launches Louise Bourgeois Website
Spider theme page on MoMA.org/bourgeoisprints

Spider theme page on MoMA.org/bourgeoisprints

Untitled, plate 8, from the illustrated book, Ode à ma mère, 1995. Drypoint. Plate: 9 3/8 x 7 7/16” (23.8 x 18.9 cm). © 2013 Louise Bourgeois Trust.

Untitled, plate 8, from the illustrated book, Ode à ma mère. 1995. Drypoint. Plate: 9 3/8 x 7 7/16” (23.8 x 18.9 cm). © 2013 Louise Bourgeois Trust

The Museum of Modern Art has launched Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books, a major website documenting Bourgeois’s extensive work in the printmaking medium. This site offers a range of innovative, interactive approaches to the artist’s work, including the ability to examine her creative process, and to place her prints and illustrated books within the broader context of her sculpture and drawings. When discussing the various mediums, Bourgeois said: “There is no rivalry…they say the same things in different ways.” All of these works explore her fundamental themes of loneliness, anxiety, fear, jealousy, anger, and pain.

In 1990, Bourgeois decided to donate a full archive of her printed work to MoMA. This includes all completed compositions, as well as the many states and variations leading up to them. Numbering some 3,500 sheets, this unique collection makes it possible to reconstruct the artist’s step-by-step working methods. The website presents, diagrammatically, all the stages of Bourgeois’s evolving compositions and reveals the myriad ways in which she altered shapes, added tiny scratched lines, or experimented with vivid color, all in pursuit of a final vision. In addition, individual works can be examined at close range through a “Zoom” feature—particularly useful for studying prints—or compared and contrasted with a pioneering “Compare Works” mode.

 

Spider Woman, 2004. Drypoint on fabric. Sheet: 13 1/8 x 13 ¾” (33.3 x 34.9 cm). ©2013 Louise Bourgeois Trust.

Spider Woman. 2004. Drypoint on fabric, sheet: 13 1/8 x 13 ¾” (33.3 x 34.9 cm). © 2013 Louise Bourgeois Trust

The Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books website is the work of an integrated team of contributors, including MoMA’s curatorial, digital media, and collection and exhibition technologies staffs, as well as independent web designers and programmers and the staff of the Louise Bourgeois Studio. My own involvement with Bourgeois began when we met in 1976. I have been a committed scholar of her work ever since, and a friend until her death in 2010. The launch of what will be the definitive scholarly resource on Bourgeois’s prints—aimed also at the general art public—is a source of great pride and a sense of accomplishment for me, as well as for the entire Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at MoMA.

Please visit MoMA.org/bourgeoisprints to learn more about Louise Bourgeois’s prints and illustrated books, and her creative process.

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Print/Out: Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres. “Untitled.” 1991. Billboard, dimensions vary with installation. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Werner and Elaine Dannheisser. © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, New York. Installation view at 11th Avenue and 38th Street, Manhattan (February 20–March 18, 2012), as part of Print/Out, The Museum of Modern Art, February 19–May 14, 2012. Photo by David Allison

Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones to stumble across these billboards in New York City over the last several weeks?

Felix Gonzalez-Torres. “Untitled.” 1991. Billboard, dimensions vary with installation. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Werner and Elaine Dannheisser. © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, New York. Installation view at Neptune Avenue and Guider Avenue, Brooklyn (February 20–March 18, 2012), as part of Print/Out, The Museum of Modern Art, February 19–May 14, 2012. Photo by David Allison

Between February 20 and March 18, Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled” (1991) peppered the New York skyline, on six billboards throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Read more

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April 2, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
Drawing Back the Curtain: David Hammons in Printin’

David Hammons. Untitled (Kool-Aid). 2003. Kool-Aid on paper with terry cloth frame. Collection Alice Kosmin

“I think that art now is putting people to sleep…people aren’t really looking at art, they’re looking at each other and each other’s haircuts.” So proclaimed David Hammons in a 1986 interview. Read more

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January 4, 2012  |  Artists, Collection & Exhibitions
A Sprawling World Suspended? Andrea Zittel in the Contemporary Galleries

Stepping off the streets of an ever-changing New York into the (also ever-changing) galleries of MoMA, a neatly compact silver trailer sits waiting for you on the second floor, as if ready to whisk you away from the city to embark on an adventure on the open road. Read more