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Art Is For the Spirit: Recent Prints and Sculpture at Gemini G.E.L.

Charles Ritchie, assistant curator, department of modern prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art. Established in 1966, Gemini G.E.L. is an artists' workshop and publisher of limited edition prints and sculptures. Known for a willingness to embrace new technology and tackle complex projects, Gemini G.E.L. has attracted some of the most innovative artists of our time. The National Gallery of Art has been home to the Gemini G.E.L. Archive since 1981. The archive is intended to include an example of nearly every edition ever published by Gemini G.E.L., as well as selected proof impressions, working materials, and documents. The first exhibitions of the archive organized by the Gallery were Gemini G.E.L.: Art and Collaboration (November 18, 1984-February 24, 1985) and Gemini G.E.L.: Recent Prints and Sculpture (June 5-October 2, 1994). In this lecture recorded on September 18, 1994, exhibition curator Charles Ritchie explores the milestones among the work produced in the previous decade by 24 artists. Gemini G.E.L.: Recent Prints and Sculpture focuses on the workshop’s sensitivity to the pulse of contemporary art and its uncanny ability to reflect the spectrum of modern concerns.