The creative process is not always smooth and straightforward. Often, artists must correct, alter, and radically rethink their efforts to marry vision and reality, intention and execution. At stake is the artist’s ultimate decision: Is it good? Working proofs in such scenarios can represent crises or crossroads. Wrong choices can be made, but they can also be counteracted. This gallery highlights projects that involved negative responses to proofs — no. The sequences of impressions show intermediary rejections, reversals, edits, and deletions, as well as a radical change in perspective. The final prints in this gallery are all successes — approved, signed, and published — but they reached this state only after the artist had rejected or revised a prominent early component of the work.
"Yes, No, Maybe: The Art of Making
Decisions," lecture by exhibition curators Judith Brodie and Adam Greenhalgh (audio)
Julie Mehretu, artist, in conversation with curator Judith Brodie, Diamonstein-Spielvogel lecture (audio)
"An Insider's Perspective," lecture by Kathan Brown, founder of Crown Point Press (audio)