Karen McCready Fine Art
Brand New Editions
Brand New Editions opens at Karen McCready Fine Art on Thursday, October 1, from 6 to 9 PM in conjunction with the South Chelsea Gallery Association’s Meat Market Crawl, and continues through November 14, 1998.
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The exhibition highlights new editions from Crown Point Press, McCready-Noblet Editions, and other presses, in addition to the Exit Art Portfolio and World Health Organization Portfolio. Brand New Editions can also be viewed November 5 from 6 to 9 PM.
Works in the show were selected for their aesthetic content as well as their inventive uses of various printmaking media. Lorna Simpson’s Backdrops Circa 1940s was printed on felt panels. The photo silkscreen diptych pairs African-American singers against starlit stage settings. One anonymous, the other famous, each is swinging on an optimistic star in post-war America. In Ma Langue, Georgia Marsh departs from her pictorial representations of nature to create a work using a combination of words and texts that question the relationship between public and private. Printing on both sides of Hiromi paper, she combines computer language, medical test results, and names of body parts in a manner that makes them appear imbedded in the translucent sheets of paper.
Robert Colescott’s ambitious 117” wide first etching Pontchartrain uses the medium to painterly effect, as does Mary Heilmann in her seven abstract prints. Also displayed are Nathan Oliveira’s Copper Plate Nudes , which were drawn directly from a live model, and the Mandevilla series of seven color etchings which is quintessential Richard Tuttle. Suzanne Anker, Sandy Gellis, April Gornik, McDermott & McGough, and Kate Shepherd add punch to the exciting mix of work on view.