Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation
On View: February 7, 2014 – March 29, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Opening gallery talk at 7 pm with Siri Engberg, Senior Curator, Walker Art Center
Pop Art & Beyond: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation is an exhibition of 26 prints on generous loan from the collection of Jordan Schnitzer, a preeminent print collector based in Portland, Oregon. Artists presented include pioneers who helped launch and shape the American Pop movement, which emerged in the early 1960s and was characterized by stark, almost symbolic representations. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Leach of Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
The exhibition includes works by Jim Dine, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Julian Opie, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Edward Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselman.
The prints on view in Pop Art & Beyond were made over 43 years (between 1967 and 2010), and span a range of subjects often employing a vibrant color palette. For some of these artists, the print medium was familiar territory, for others it was a new way to explore cutting-edge ideas. Some of the prints fall into the category associated with and inspired by Pop Art's interest in a machine-like quality, employing strong colors and flat surfaces, often achieved through screenprinting. Other artists represented in this exhibition took advantage of the more drawing-like processes of etching and lithography to create personal, lyrical imagery.
Pop Art & Beyond serves as a wonderful opportunity for Highpoint's audiences to see a fantastic collection of important prints that employ a variety of techniques in strikingly interesting, influential, and powerful ways. Jordan Schnitzer remarked, "The exhibition of Pop Artists speaks to a time and place in our country's history that was remarkable. I am pleased that the Highpoint Center, a nationally significant art center, has chosen to exhibit these works."
Support for this exhibition has been made possible by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.