The Corcoran 2005 Print Portfolio: Drawn to Representation
For over a century the Corcoran Gallery of Art has been an important venue for modern art in the nation's capital, organizing regular exhibitions ofpainting, sculpture, and printmaking. In 2005 we are pleased to demonstrateour support and encouragement of contemporary printmaking with a newventure, the first Corcoran Print Portfolio, featuring works by twenty-fouraccomplished printmakers. This exhibition marks the publication of theportfolio, and includes both the portfolio prints and additional examples bythese artists from the Corcoran's permanent collection and on loan fromprintmakers and private collectors.
The 2005 Portfolio celebrates two important aspects of the contemporary print scene: an abiding interest in the traditional craft of printmaking, and the continuing use of representation as a viable mode of artistic expression. Each of the twenty-four artists was chosen for proven achievement in the graphic arts, for distinctive draftsmanship, and for a keen sense of design. These are, in every sense, printmakers's printmakers. The artists included also have demonstrated a clear preference for representation in their creation of contemporary imagery. All art is essentially abstract, but these printmakers continue to value referentialelements as a significant aspect of their work.
In selecting the 2005 Portfolio artists, we were mindful that some of the most intriguing printmaking in the world today occurs in more isolated settings, produced by teachers, independent printmakers, and small workshops composed of just a few printers and technicians. These individual printmakers and smaller shops create images that are sometimes powerful, often quirky, but always compelling in their individuality. Our goal with this project is to celebrate the achievements of contemporary printmakers and to encourage collectors, scholars, artists, and students to enjoy a deeper appreciation of the graphic arts. We are pleased to present the Corcoran 2005 Print Portfolio: Drawn to Representation, replete with outstanding works by twenty-four highly skilled printmakers from around the globe.