Printmaking in the Sixties: Interpretations of Common Objects
Printmaking in the Sixties: Interpretations of Common Objects looks at graphic works made in the 1960s by six American artists. All are recognized primarily as painters and sculptors, but in addition, all have produced distinguised bodies of work on paper. "The New Paintings of Common Objects" was one of the first labels given to the art movement now known as Pop Art. As the title of an exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1962 (which included works by Warhol, Ruscha, Goode, and Thiebaud), it was meant to describe a group of works presenting the new imagery that had emerged since the late fifties.
All of these artists were intrigued with the role objects play in our lives, and it is this elevation of the common object as a fit subject for artistic contemplation that brings these artists together. A majority of the works on display emerged from the printing establishments of Gemini G.E.L. and Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Inc., and are a distinguished testimony to the excellent work produced by Los Angeles printers.