The Pace Prints exhibit gave students the sense that a picture is worth a thousand words during its opening reception in the Kauffman Gallery Wednesday.
The exhibit showed students the variety of techniques regarding printmaking on different materials.
The students and professors alike filled the inner lobby of Huber Art Center. The art department provided snacks and drinks for students who were waiting for the reception to begin.
Black-and-white, neon and mixes of primary and secondary colors inked the prints. All prints expressed a different emotion and delivered a theme to observing students. Artists created each print using a different printmaking technique.
Zhang Huan, an award-winning artist, created one of the darkest prints in the exhibit. The print is dark to the eye and makes viewers look deep into it to realize it is of a lit ladder in complete darkness. The print, called “Untitled (Woman with Lantern)” created in 2012, is one of Huan’s two prints printed by Pace Prints and put on display in its galleries.
“Earrings” by William Cotton dotted campus with fliers advertising the event.
Cotton’s print, “Earrings,” shows a woman covered in red candy wrapper twists, holding two candies up to her ears to depict earrings. Her dress and headband are also created out of the wrapped candies. This print is displayed for students to see right as they walk into Kauffman Gallery.
Cotton is well-known for his depictions of utopian landscapes using digital renditions of candy. He creates art for modern pop influencers such as Katy Perry in his 2010 print “Cupcake Katy.”
Esther Adler, associate curator for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), will present a lecture at the Pace Prints exhibit in Kauffman Gallery on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. Adler is also the associate curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints in MoMA.
Adler has organized many exhibitions such as most-recently co-organizing “Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window” (with Christophe Cherix) in 2019. Adler showed the importance of Saar’s printmaking, and how her ability to make art out of anything captures impressions and textures.
Pace Prints, founded in 1968, is a contemporary fine arts publisher with prints dating back to the 1960s. Pace Prints offers artists four different printmaking techniques, with 16 overall canvas choices for their prints. The artist’s finished prints are put on display and sale in the Pace Prints galleries in New York.
Pace Prints owns two New York City galleries each with its own sub-galleries. The Contemporary Prints gallery is located at 521 W. 26th St. The second gallery is located at 32 E. 57th St.
The Pace Print galleries consist of two contemporary print galleries and one master print gallery. In addition to the three print galleries, Pace Prints offers an African & Oceanic Art gallery that specializes in traditional African, Oceanic, and Asian art.
The Pace Prints exhibit be on-display in Kauffman Gallery until Feb 26. The gallery will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no admission fee.