Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press

September 1, 2013 – January 5, 2014

West Building Ground Floor

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview:
Featuring 125 working proofs and edition prints produced between 1972 and 2010 at Crown Point Press in San Francisco, one of the most influential printmaking studios of the last half century, Yes, No, Maybe goes beyond celebrating the flash of inspiration and the role of the imagination to examine the artistic process as a sequence of decisions. The stages of intaglio printmaking reveal this process in very particular ways. Working proofs record occurrences both deliberate and serendipitous. They are used to monitor and steer a print’s evolution, prompting evaluation and approval, revision, or rejection. Each proof compels a decision: yes, no, maybe. Among the 25 artists represented are those with long ties to Crown Point Press—Richard Diebenkorn, John Cage, Chuck Close, and Sol LeWitt—as well as those whose association is more recent, such as Mamma Andersson, Julie Mehretu, Jockum Nordström, Laura Owens, and Amy Sillman.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Passes: Passes are not required for this exhibition.

Catalogue: Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalogue written by the organizing curators.

Sponsor: The exhibition is supported in part by a generous grant from the Thaw Charitable Trust.

Image:
Richard Diebenkorn, Green (working proof 1), 1986, drypoint in black with wash and pasted-down elements,  Kathan Brown, © The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn, Green (working proof 2), 1986, spitbite aquatint in blue and drypoint in red, Kathan Brown, © The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn, Green (working proof 7), 1986, color spitbite aquatint, soapground aquatint, and drypoint with pasted-down elements,  Kathan Brown, © The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Richard Diebenkorn, Green, 1986, color spitbite aquatint, soapground aquatint, and drypoint, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Eugene L. and Marie-Louise Garbáty Fund and Patrons' Permanent Fund, 1996, © The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn

Other Venues:
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, January 28–May 15, 2015