“Kitchen Worker” by Lee Newman
Below are Laura D.’s thoughts on our July Exhibition:
This month at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, Three Figurative Printmakers features works from Jack Boul, Robert D’Arista, and Lee Newman in the “American University Style.” Needless to say, this exhibit carries its own style amongst three different artists compared to past exhibits with multiple artists. Boul, D’Arista and Newman’s work compliments each other well – as their work reflects aesthetic values that came from the Studio House school of painting at the Phillips Collection.
The style of works is based mostly around monotypes; little color is seen throughout the exhibit – giving it a certain glow of darkness. Boul’s work is the most abstract, with works like Four Cows where one must look to find said cows; while Newman’s gives the eye more shapes and images to play with. This includes Studio Nude – this print shows the figure and minimum detail, but just enough for the eye to continue to dance across the piece. Finally, D’Arista is a combination between the two. D’Arista includes pieces that are more abstract like Still Life with Tusche where, without looking at the title the subject matter isn’t immediately clear. Is it an apple and a bucket? Or a branch on a platter? The viewer must decide (or look at the title). But then D’Arista has more self-explanatory pieces like Seated Woman – which gives you the shapes, outlines, and shadows, that are also seen in Newman’s works.
These Three Figurative Printmakers could not have a more complimentary style. While each is unique in their own creativity, their use of monotype and other materials brings the collection together in a number of pieces that make the eyes dance across pieces from the flow of lines and shadows.
Here is a quick slideshow of some of the work up in the gallery this month from Three Figurative Printmakers as well as Eric Robinson’s Press Room Mini Solo, Fragments. This is by no means exhaustive–Eric has over 600 small prints up, Three Figurative Printmakers has 47 prints, and then there’s the member show as well, not pictured here. Come in and visit us!
“Cafe” by Jack Boul
The show is up! We’ll have pictures tomorrow (we’re still working on getting some labels up) but we thought you might want to know a little more about the three printmakers, which we introduced in a previous post, and their relationship.
Both Jack Boul and Robert D’Arista were teachers of Lee Newman’s. The American University Style that characterizes them grew out of the Studio School at the Phillips Collection. The Phillips Collection was one of the first modern-focused museums in the area. At the time, most fine art programs were based at museums, like the Corcoran School of Art is today. American University, at the time of Boul, D’Arista, and student Lee, was one of the first schools in the area to have a fine arts program outside of a direct museum affiliation. Today, many schools have their own independent fine arts programs, but it was unusual back then.
“Seated Figure” by Robert D’Arista
While all three of these artists have worked in different media, this show focuses on the three for which they are each best known: Jack Boul’s monotypes, Robert D’Arista’s drypoints, and Lee Newman’s (soft-ground) etchings. Robert D’Arista would make his own drypoint and engraving tools, smashing semi-precious stones and then supergluing the fragments into a mechanical pencil. These uniquely shaped tools give his drypoints a distinct quality.
“Kitchen Worker” by Lee Newman
After D’Arista passed, Lee Newman received many of his plates from which to print editions. Lee said he had to study D’Arista’s mark-making all over again, as well as the prints he printed himself, to recreate D’Arista’s special way of wiping. Lee said his style of wiping a plate simply did not work with D’Arista’s images.
We hope you’ll join us for the Artist Reception with Jack and Lee on Sunday, July 8, 2-5 pm. Check back tomorrow for installation shots!
“Tian Tan” by Liang Dong
Well, we never really were away, except for Annie (me). But I’m back now, and super excited to see all the sales we’ve had from our Ex Libris show while I was away. Haven’t seen it yet? Best get in by the 24th, when it comes down. Has your favorite print sold? We can order you one (to arrive in late July)!
Next week starts our new exhibition, Three Figurative Printmakers, featuring Lee Newman along with Jack Boul and Robert D’Arista. Also on view in the Press Room is Eric COGu Robinson’s mini-solo, Fragments. Mark your calendars for the opening reception on July 8.
Finally, if you’re an artist applicant patiently awaiting the results for National Small Works: our juror Brian Garner is making his final selections and notifications will be sent out on Saturday.
We’ll be back to more pithy posts starting tomorrow–right now there’s a week’s worth of emails and gallery housekeeping to catch up on!
“Seated Figure” by Robert D’Arista
WPG member Lee Newman has turned his solo exhibition into a 3-person exhibition this coming July. We just got some images from him, Jack Boul, and the late Robert D’Arista, some of which are shown here.
Boul, D’Arista, and Newman have exhibited their work together on number of occasions over the past thirty years. Their work reflects the aesthetic values of what once was known as the American University Style or School (all three of them being associated with AU) which grew out of the Studio House school of painting at the Phillips Collection. The style is characterized by an intimate scale, a painterly approach bordering on abstraction, and an emphasis on the geometric underpinnings of composition. If you enjoy Ellen
“Apartment” by Lee Newman
Winkler’s work (she also studied with Jack Boul) in her current solo exhibition, A Thing or Two, you’ll enjoy Three Figurative Printmakers as well.
Mark your calendars for the opening reception on Sunday, July 8, 2-5 pm. Lee Newman and Jack Boul will be in attendance.
"Walking Proof" by Michael Hagan
We have several shows and receptions we want to share with you as you make your plans for the rest of the Fall. First, don’t forget the Closing Reception of Mike Hagan’s solo show Doodle Digit Dot, Saturday, October 29, 1-4 pm. The artist will be in attendance to answer any questions you have about his prints, his paper and other surfaces, and screenprinting techniques. Also on view will be Anne McLaughlin’s Press Room Mini Solo, Without Reservations.
Second, we want to recognize Jack Boul’s exhibition, Intimate Scale, at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT. We are sorry to have missed the opening, which was on September 18, but the exhibition is up through November 13, so you still have a few weeks to see it, if you will be in the area. Jack Boul, a long-time friend of the gallery, has been the featured artist of two of WPG’s January Invitational and the teacher and mentor to several WPG artists.
Many WPG artists will be on view at the National Arts Club as part of the New York Society one week show (October 31-November 5), which corresponds with the New York Print Week. You can see the November show schedule here.
"The Gift" by Jake Muirhead, etching/aquatint, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and OPG.
Finally, we also want to mention Jake Muirhead’s solo exhibition at the Old Print Gallery, November 11 through January 23. Jake has been in several of WPG’s National Small Works Exhibitions and also was featured in last year’s Director’s Cut Exhibition, and prints downstairs from the gallery in the Pyramid Atlantic Print Shop. You can meet Jake and see more of his wonderful prints at his opening reception on Friday, November 11, 5-8 pm.
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