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Graphic Pull: Contemporary Prints from the Collection

April 02 – September 06, 2020
The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Raft of the Medusa (detail), 2013. Screenprint and acrylic paint on canvas, 71 1⁄2 × 71 1⁄2 inches (181.6 × 181.6 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Gift of Vito Schnabel Projects, 2018.11.1. © BHQF. Courtesy Vito Schnabel Projects, New York. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Graphic Pull: Contemporary Prints from the Collection highlights numerous printmaking techniques from the Nasher Museum’s collection with works dating from the 1970s to today. Woodcuts, etchings, screenprints, digital prints and lithographs are included, as well as conceptual prints and non-traditional methods. The exhibition explores how contemporary artists have continued to use this age-old graphic form, which began as prehistoric handprints on cave walls, while also expanding on its processes and definitions. Whether pulled from a press or printed on fabric, these works emphasize the irresistible qualities of the print medium that have made it an effective means of artistic expression for millennia.

Artists include Hurvin Anderson, Kathryn Andrews, Judith F. Baca, Camille Billops, Mark Bradford, Roger Brown, Bruce Conner, David Driskell, Juan Genovés, the Guerrilla Girls, David Hammons, Lubaina Himid, Justin Matherly, Raymond Pettibon, Grayson Perry, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Dmitri Prigov, Colin Quashie, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Barthélémy Toguo, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Andy Warhol and Xu Bing, among others.

Graphic Pull: Contemporary Prints from the Collection is organized by Molly Boarati, assistant curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Support

Graphic Pull: Contemporary Prints from the Collection is supported by the J. Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer Fund; A. Courtney Shives Endowment; Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; and the Office of the Provost. Additional in-kind support is from Speedball Art Products.

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