Highpoint Editions is off to a great start in 2013.:
Highpoint Editions is delighted to release Todd Norsten’s Wayland, in which screenprinting and lithography simulate tape, scuffs, and dust on paper.
In modern and contemporary painting, tape has been used by artists as a tool for creating crisp edges. Owing to this history, this print is, to Norsten, “a picture of a paint material.” The conceptual basis for the work is rooted in an interest in drawing attention to this sometimes invisible tool. In Wayland, the evocative use of text speaks to the boundary-defining role tape historically served, creating a paradox wherein, as Norsten says, “words that claim to be one thing … are made by something that is designed to be its opposite.”
(Collectors: Norsten’s earlier “masking tape” print is sold out, but there are still a few impressions in our inventory of his “blue tape” and “scotch tape” prints — catch them while you can!)
New York-based artist Sarah Crowner has been back in the studio — her much anticipated project at Highpoint Editions will be released in fall 2013. In the meantime, if you are near Minneapolis, don’t miss the exhibition Painter Painter at the Walker Art Center (on view February 2, 2013 – October 27, 2013). The Walker's first group painting show in over a decade, Painter Painter features Crowner's work alongside that of other fascinating contemporary artists working with paint in the United States and Europe.
Highpoint is also abuzz with excitement about our collaboration with Aaron Spangler. Spangler holds an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and lives and works in Park Rapids, MN, and has exhibited his work far and wide. Known primarily for his large scale three- dimensional and bas relief work in painted basswood, he now brings his formidable carving skills to bear as he creates woodblocks to be printed with Highpoint Editions. The relief prints that grow out of this collaboration will likely range in scale from intimate to monumental—stay tuned to see what transpires!
Print Fairs & Exhibitions
Fall 2012 was action packed for Highpoint Editions. One of the highlights was the release of 47 prints made in collaboration with internationally renowned artist Willie Cole. These works of art made their way into a number of wonderful public and private collections, including the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, and the Tweed Museum of Art. Some of this work is currently on view in a traveling exhibition, Complex Conversations: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works.
A selection of prints created during Highpoint Editions' first decade is on view in Highpoint PRINTS at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, in Dunedin, FL. (On view through March 3, 2013). Don't miss it if you're near Tampa.
Highpoint Editions recently had the opportunity to present our latest offerings in New York at the 2012 Editions / Artists' Book Fair, which was rescheduled for January 2013 after Hurricane Sandy interfered with the originally scheduled fall date. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues, collectors and artists as always!
New Prints by Willie Cole
Highpoint is honored to present a significant new body of work by internationally renowned artist Willie Cole. The works created in collaboration with Highpoint Editions include 27 intaglio and relief prints of ironing boards each titled with a female name printed in relief at the lower edge. For Cole these names are a metaphorical link to his African American lineage.
The exhibition will be a unique opportunity to view the ironing board prints as an installation as the artist intended in Highpoint’s galleries. Hung together, they take on a chapel-like quality, the prints evoking church windows or grave markers conveying a richly complex history by way of Cole’s personal iconography. Also on view will be a series of small and large screenprinted iron patterns juxtaposed in eye-popping colors, as well as a large woodcut depicting two female forms comprised of women's high heeled shoes and echoing themes and techniques Cole has employed in his sculptural work. More here.
The Highpoint Editions workshop has been abuzz with Willie Cole and Aaron Spangler’s recent projects, and there is a lot of other exciting work in the pipeline. Publications released in 2011 and earlier this year have made their way into a number of wonderful collections, both public and private. Carlos Amorales’ prints were added to the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and a number of private collections … and the MIA acquired David Rathman’s Team Gorman and Miller Trucking.
It was a pleasure to celebrate the release of HP Editions collaboration with Carter … check out his film Maladies if you have a chance! We also have two new suites by Clarence Morgan that were recently released; visit Highpoint or our website to view this beautiful project.
Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu
The HP-organized exhibition Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu will be on view at The Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University (Athens) in Fall 2013. Work from HP Editions’ first ten years will be on view at Dunedin Fine Art Center (Florida), and the Sherman Gallery at Boston University in 2013 as well. If you know a venue that would be interested in hosting either of these exhibits, please contact Highpoint’s Gallery Director, Zoe Adler, 612.871.1326.
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