New Prints 2004/Spring

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On View: May 26 - June 12, 2004
Selected by: Barry Walker

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Artists: Desiree Alvarez, Ida Applebroog, Christopher Armijo, Ellen Berkenblit, Shawn Bitters, Greg Bogin, Randy C. Bolton, Karin Bos, James Brown, Tom Brydelsky, Erin Cameron, Phillip Chen, Billy Copley, Marylyn Dintenfass, Brad Ewing, Steve Gibson, Bryan Nash Gill, Leamon Green, Talia Greene, Jonathan Higgins, Charles Christopher Hill, Imi Hwangbo, Sergei Isupov, Claude Kent, Louise Kohrman, Alma Lopez, Enid Mark, Kerry James Marshall, Deborah Gottheil Nehmad, Margaret Neill, Dean Nimmer, Alice Oh, Tomomi Ono, Jimmy Peiia, Brian Pilliod, Sara Saltzman, James Siena, Alexis Smith, Kiki Smith, Monica Smith, Buzz Spector, Michelle Stuart, Jonathan Thomas, Yeachin Tsai, Marion Wilson and Lisa Yuskavage.

Until this exhibition, all IPCNY New Prints shows have been selected by a jury of curators, scholars and other professionals. IPCNY wanted to find out if, by inviting a sole juror for New Prints 2004/ Spring, a more distinct point of view might emerge. I am sorry to disappoint; I seem to have reacted in much the same way that a multi-member jury would have, embracing the variety of works submitted. Probably the only difference was that die process was faster and no arguments arose. Developing a thematically cohesive exhibition from an open-call juried exhibition is virtually impossible, unless the juror has a very particular axe to grind. One of the great strengths of the printmaking discipline is its remarkable diversity. In reviewing the images in the show, however, a few interesting points arose.

The show is exactly equally divided between prints published by workshops or dealers and those printed and published by the artist. In the final rounds of selection, when space became a problem, I opted for lesser-known artists. It was, for instance, hard to turn down a small series of beautiful prints by Ellsworth Kelly, but he ranks today as an old master. I wanted to show unfamiliar work.”

- Barry Walker