Kunstmuseum Basel - Museum für Gegenwartskunst

14 July 2007 - 7 October 2007
Kunstmuseum

Newman, Stella, Judd

American prints from the museum collection

Curators: Christian Müller & Anita Haldemann

In the 1960s, there was a veritable boom in fine art prints in the USA. Print studios such as Tatyana Grosman’s Universal Limited Art Editions set a new benchmark in fine art printing in cooperation with the American artists of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimal Art. Large formats and technical experiments made prints a welcome alternative to unaffordable paintings for a growing number of collectors. The lithographs and engravings by Barnett Newman (1905-1970), for instance, were created in close dialogue with his paintings, drawings and sculptures. Frank Stella (b. 1936) developed complex printing processes involving as many as 52 different colours and 38 plates for his virtuoso Polar Co-ordinates series, while Donald Judd (1928–1994), by contrast, reduced his woodcuts to minimal linear structures and right angles.