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From Gesture to Form: Modern and Contemporary Prints from the Permanent Collection

June 23 through September 16, 2012

ModernPrintsSpanning six decades, the prints in From Gesture to Form provided a snapshot of various art movements while showcasing many important artists from the modern and contemporary era. Although mostly known for their work in painting and sculpture, the seventeen included artists found that printmaking allowed them to expand upon their individual ideas in new ways. Some of these artists used the print as an experiment, or to work collaboratively with writers to illustrate prose, while others fully embraced this medium as another form of expression.

On view were aquatints, etchings, lithography, screen-prints, and woodcuts, demonstrating the wide range of printing processes. Each of the artists in the exhibition including Grace Hartigan, Robert Motherwell, James Rosenquist, and Ed Ruscha developed works in a variety of styles such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptual and Contemporary. From loose gestural works to hard-edged geometries, and expressionistic abstract patterns to figurative and representational renderings these prints illustrated how artists throughout the last sixty years pushed the boundaries of printmaking.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.


Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts