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.
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.
Other Venues: McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, February 4–May 17, 2015
"Yes, No, Maybe: The Art of Making
Decisions," lecture by exhibition curators (audio)
Julie Mehretu, artist, in conversation with exhibition curator, Diamonstein-Spielvogel lecture (audio)
"An Insider's Perspective," lecture by Kathan Brown, founder of Crown Point Press (audio)