The World of Fujiko Isomura

"Print Work '99"

Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York.
From: For Immediate Release, Barrett Art Center, June 11, 1999.

Barrett Art Center presents The Sixth Annual National Juried Printmaking Exhibition
Printwork '99
Opening Saturday, July 10, 1999

.....Barrett Art Center continues a tradition in excellence with Printwork '99, our museum-quality national exhibition now entering its sixth year. Accepted artists from throughout the the United States bring us a variety of remarkable contemporary fine art prints.
.....This year's juror, Claire Bell, has provided us with an amalgam of distinctive artwork. Bell is currently Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Her projects have included presentations of the works of Jim Dine, Ellsworth Kelly, George Baselitz, Roy Liechtenstein and Jenny Holzer. Bell is the co-author of Jim Dine: Walking Memory, 1959-1969 and Insight: African Photographers, 1940- to the Present. She has written reviews and features for On Paper: The Journal of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and is a regular contributor to Guggenheim publications. Bell is also an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she has taught a seminar class for the past five years.
.....Ninety-one works were selected for this year's exhibition. Printmaking allows the artist to create multiple images through traditional means such as etchings, woodblocks and lithographs as well as more contemporary approaches utilizing multi-media and the incorporation of new technologies. The multitude of printing techniques utilized by the artists selected this year provide the public with a singular opportunity to view the wide variety of print media available to printmakers today.
.....Our three award recipients offer great disparity in their approach to printwork. Sergio Gonzales-Tornero's static shapes in solid, bold color stand in stark contrast to the whimsical characters and rich gold leaf found in the work of Fujiko Isomura. The exhibitions only three-dimensional installation was created by Rosalie Bermudez. Standing 3 x 3 x 6, this photosilkscreen on tulle compartmentalizes "private space" while the transparent fabric advocates voyeurism in the viewer.
.....The opening reception for Printwork '99 takes place on Saturday, July 10th, from 4pm- 6pm and the show continues through August 7, 1999. The Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 10am- 3pm.

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