A selection of monotypes from the Museum’s collection currently on view highlights the unique qualities of this printmaking process and reflects an enduring interest in the monotype medium within the context of an extended investigation into one artist’s experimentation with the technique: the exhibition Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty. To create a monotype, an artist draws with ink or paint on a metal plate, which is then sandwiched with a damp sheet of paper and run through a printing press.
Posts by Heidi Hirschl
Traveling to the Venice Biennale and Milan for the first time, I expected to find myself exposed to a variety of curatorial approaches and institutions in an international setting. From a massive global biennial to private museums and foundations, my destinations would offer a very different perspective, approach, and geography for exhibitions.
From the onset of Gilbert & George’s career, when they described themselves as “baby artists,” the phrase “Art for All” has served as their motto or mission statement. The artists have made this mantra part of the ideological grounding of their work, and have even included these three words as part of their mailing address and within all of their correspondence. The current exhibition Gilbert & George: The Early Years epitomizes this underlying philosophy by highlighting MoMA’s collection holdings of the artists’ work from the initial period of their practice. Perhaps best known for their brilliantly-colored, wall-sized Pictures of later years, Gilbert & George initially worked with quite a different palette and varied sense of scale, which is on display in this exhibition.
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