Artists Collect consists of fifty-four prints and books from the personal collections of four major artists. The exhibition includes work dating from 1558 to 2006, from sixteenth-century natural history books, to German Romanticist etchings, to Japanese woodblocks, Syrian relief prints, and work by contemporary printmakers such as John Baldessari and Jasper Johns. The exhibition reflects the breadth of interests among the four lenders as well as the diversity within each artist’s collection.
In Ms. Montgomery’s words, “the idea for this exhibition is to display groups of printed things—high and low and from all periods and cultural traditions—that have been acquired by artists who are engaged in making prints themselves. I’d like to show as many aspects of how artists collect as possible: Artists who are systematic collectors, those who acquire things casually, trade with friends and colleagues, and/or collect historical objects and printed images that relate to their work in one way or another.” An illustrated brochure with a curatorial essay will accompany the exhibiton.