Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday Artist: Gemini G.E.L.

Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenberg, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, David Hockney, Frank Stella, and so many, many more artists of renown have made and continue to make prints at Gemini G.E.L., one of the world's great print workshops and publishers, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1966 and located in Los Angeles, Gemini has worked with scores of artists to create original limited-edition, hand-printed lithographs, etchings, screenprints, and woodcuts, as well as sculptures. Its most recent collaborations have involved Julie Mehretu, Richard Tuttle, Richard Serra, and Tacita Dean, among others.

Recognizing its importance in art history, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., established in 1981 the Gemini G.E.L. Archive, which, in addition to serving as a study center, maintains a complete history of the workshop and one example of each of more than 2,000 editions Gemini has published. To date, the NGO has had four major exhibitions of work drawn from the archive. The most recent was "The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L.", which ran at the NGA from October 4, 2015, to February 7, 2016, and currently is at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).

Accompanying "The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L." at LACMA is the excellent video below, which features co-founder Sidney Felsen. On view through January 2, 2017, the exhibition explores artists' approaches to serial production and showcases 15 print series that include important work by Johns, Rauschenberg, Stella, Serra, and Mehretu. 

Gemini G.E.L. Catalogue Raisonne at National Gallery of Art

Gemini G.E.L. on FaceBook and Vimeo

LACMA on FaceBook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube

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