IA: Des Moines

WHERE: Des Moines Art Center.

WHEN: On view through January 17, 2016 in the John Brady Print Gallery.

“East and Beyond”, 1973, by Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 – 2011); color woodcut on paper; Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; © 2015 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Universal Limited Art Editions; Photo by Rich Sanders, Des Moines.

“East and Beyond”, 1973, by Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928 – 2011); color woodcut on paper; Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; © 2015 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Universal Limited Art Editions; Photo by Rich Sanders, Des Moines.

 

East and Beyond: Helen Frankenthaler and Her Contemporaries

In celebration of the acquisition of Helen Frankenthaler’s breakthrough color woodblock print, “East and Beyond” 1973, this exhibition contextualizing Frankenthaler’s print, which also includes four works on paper by Frankenthaler, as well as 23 works on paper and ceramics by American and Japanese artists who were active during the 1950s to 1980s.

     Transcending and merging their cultures’ printmaking traditions, these artists too moved “beyond East” and “beyond West,” Japanese pictorial traditions, including expressive sumi-e brush painting and Zen calligraphy, the use of un-sized supports, and ukiyo-e printing, inspired artists such as Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Robert Motherwell and influenced their development as Abstract Expressionists, American ceramists Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Glenn Nelson, and William Wyman looked to Zen-inspired ceramics.

     Concurrently, Japanese Modernists Fumiaki Fukita, Hideo Hagiwara, Shoichi Ida, Masuo Ikeda, Hoshi Joichi, Haku Maki, Tetsuya Noda, Koshiro Onchi, Takumi Shinagawa, Hiroyuki Tajima, and Ansei Uchima moved towards Western approaches to abstraction, Pop Art, and Photorealism, as manifested in their woodblock prints, etchings, and lithographs.

 “La Terra Trema” (The Earth Trembles), 1963;  by Carol Summers (American, born 1925); color woodblock print on paper; sheet (/image): 36 1/8 × 37 in. (91.8 × 94 cm.); Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Photo by Rich Sanders, Des Moines.

“La Terra Trema” (The Earth Trembles), 1963; by Carol Summers (American, born 1925); color woodblock print on paper; sheet (/image): 36 1/8 × 37 in. (91.8 × 94 cm.); Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Photo by Rich Sanders, Des Moines.

 

   The exhibition includes a lithograph by David Hockney, inspired by a ukiyo-e print. It also includes one work not by a contemporary of Frankenthaler, but which is pertinent to the exhibition: A color woodblock print by 19th century-Japanese printmaker Ikeda Eisen. This survey cannot omit the California printmaker Carol Summers, whose abstract color relief prints, such as “La Terra Trema”, anticipated by a decade the adaption of Japanese block printing techniques by East Coast artists and printers.

    For more information, contact Amy Worthen, curator of prints and drawings for this exhibition at: 515.277.4405.

 




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