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Artists develop creative approaches suited to their strengths, interests, and experiences. Intentionally or not, they may share techniques, materials, or ideas. The works in this gallery highlight this aspect of creativity. They call to mind Chuck Close’s self-imposed challenges, Richard Diebenkorn’s testing of possibilities, and John Cage’s reliance on chance. In a mode reminiscent of Close, Darren Almond and Susan Middleton took on color photogravure, finding fulfillment where Close did not. Diebenkorn’s penchant for pinning and pasting collage elements to test compositional variations is recalled in Anne Appleby’s and Pia Fries’ working proofs. And Cage’s chance-based methods resonate in the work of Brad Brown, Joel Fisher, and Tom Marioni.

Banner image: Detail, Susan Middleton, Requiem, 2008, color photogravure, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Kathan Brown, Courtesy Susan Middleton

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