Multiplicity: Contemporary Prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
“I have no idea how many prints the Smithsonian has, but the more than 80 works put on show in five rooms on the second floor of the museum reflect clearly on the expansive title of the exhibit. ... Part of the fineness comes from the stellar artists represented in the exhibit – Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, John Cage, and still others – all of whom who worked with professional printers to realize their artistic vision.”
-Roger Durbin, Knight Arts
Multiplicity showcases more than 80 prints by modern and contemporary American artists working in an exciting variety of media. Drawn from the outstanding collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition demonstrates how artists today engage with the unique qualities of printmaking processes.
Paintings and sculptures by a number of the artists featured, including Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Held, and Kiki Smith will be on view in the museum’s Haslinger collection galleries, allowing visitors to better understand the scope of those artists’ creative output. The variety of innovative approaches artists use to create prints is apparent in works by such artists as Louise Bourgeouis, Jim Dine, Barbara Kruger, Julie Mehretu, Ed Ruscha, and Kara Walker.