January 3, 2012
Advancing Tradition: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press
Opens January 21, 2012 at Martin Museum of Art
Original prints play a significant role in the work of many artists today. Since the 1960s, contemporary prints have rivaled paintings in aesthetic quality, scale, and technical ambition. Many of the printmaking methods artists currently use date to the Renaissance or earlier. However, digital technology and new materials have prompted technical innovation, and expanded creative options have brought fresh vision to a venerable medium. Advancing Tradition: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press, opening January 21 at Martin Museum of Art, explores this interplay between tradition and innovation in printmaking.
The exhibition focuses on three key aspects of this dynamic, contemporary process: The uniqueness and diversity of printmaking, the combination of new technologies with traditional equipment and processes, and the crucial role of collaboration between artists and master printers. The artists featured are nationally and internationally renowned and include: Sterling Allen, Terry Allen, Keith Carter, Kelly Fearing, Melissa Miller, Lamar Peterson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Julie Speed. A selection of tools and print matrices are exhibited alongside the prints to bring the technical aspects of printmaking to life.
All work in Advancing Tradition was created in the studios of Flatbed Press, Austin, Texas. Founded in 1989, this publishing workshop is modeled on such noble predecessors as Crown Point Press in San Francisco, and Universal Limited Art Editions in West Islip, New York.
An opening reception for Advancing Tradition will be held on January 26, from 5:30 - 7:30pm, and includes a gallery talk by Mark. L. Smith, co-director of Flatbed Press, at 6:30pm. On February 8, Katherine Brimberry, co-director of Flatbed Press, will present two gallery talks from 1:30 - 2:15pm and 2:30 - 3:15pm. Advancing Tradition will run January 21, 2011 - March 9, 2012. The Martin Museum of Art is located in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus. Hours are 10 - 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 - 7:30pm on Thursday, and 1 - 5pm Sunday. The museum is closed during university holidays. Admission is free and all events are open to the public. For more information call 254-710-1867 or visit the museum website at www.baylor.edu/martinmuseum.
Advancing Tradition: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press is curated by Katie Robinson Edwards, Assistant Professor of Art History, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, with assistance from Mark L. Smith, Ph.D., and Katherine Brimberry, both of Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, with The Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America Arts Alliance is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at www.maaa.org and www.eusa.org.