Cristea Roberts Gallery will display an array of iconic portraits realized in a wide range of print media by some of the best modern and contemporary printmakers, working with some of the most important print studios and master printers.
The Printed Portrait
Curated by Tim Goossens
Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, Georg Baselitz, Richard Hamilton, Jim Dine, Julian Opie
Cristea Roberts Gallery, London, UK
The exhibit will include Picasso’s seminal portrait of Françoise Gilot, La Femme à la fenêtre - a tour de force of etching and one of the artist’s best known prints. Also on display will be one of David Hockney’s best known depictions of his friend and muse Celia Birtwell, whose image has appeared in various guises throughout his printmaking oeuvre. Alongside these is a portrait of the American artist Nicole Eisenman by Georg Baselitz, part of his seminal print portfolio entitled Devotion which consisted of over 30 portraits of artists whose work he admires or has been influenced by. Richard Hamilton is represented by his unique and innovative self-portrait based on a rejected Polaroid taken by the painter Francis Bacon. Jim Dine has created numerous portraits during his career and this will be the first ever presentation of a unique 1973 hand-painted etching of Nancy Reading. Portraiture has always been a fundamental part Julian Opie’s work, and on display will be two family portraits based on historical silhouettes and Japanese paper cutting.
Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer considered one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. Picasso is credited, along with Georges Braque, with the creation of Cubism.
Born in Bradford, England, in 1937, David Hockney attended art school in London before moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s. There, he painted his famous swimming pool paintings. In the 1970s, Hockney began working in photography, creating photo collages he called joiners. He continues to create and exhibit art, and in 2011 he was voted the most influential British artist of the 20th century.
Georg Baselitz is a German artist known for his Neo-Expressionist paintings rendered with distinctive brushwork and often exhibited upside down. His practice, which includes sculpture and printmaking, explores what it means to be a German artist in the postwar era, and is characterized by bold colors, forceful brushstrokes, and the incorporation of folkloric or archetypal subject matter. “I begin with an idea, but as I work, the picture takes over,” he said of his process. “Then there is the struggle between the idea I preconceived and the picture that fights for its own life.” Born Hans-Georg Kern on January 23, 1938 in Deutschbaselitz, Germany, Baselitz renamed himself after his hometown in 1961.
Richard Hamilton (British, born February 24, 1922–died September 13, 2011) was a painter and collage artist, and one of the earliest progenitors of Pop Art. Hamilton, who was born in London, England, took evening art classes before studying painting at the Royal Academy School in 1938. He left school to work as an industrial designer. Returning to the academy in 1946, Hamilton was later expelled for not following the directions of his instructors. He continued his education at Sade School of Art in London, from 1948 to 1955.
Jim Dine is an American artist and poet known for his contributions to the formation of both Performance Art and Pop Art. Employing motifs which include Pinocchio, heart shapes, bathrobes, and tools, Dine produces colorful paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures.
Julian Opie (British, b.1958) is a sculptor and digital artist associated with the New British Sculpture movement, and best known for portraits that reduce subjects to essential lines and color planes. Born in Oxford, he studied at Goldsmith’s School of Art from 1979 to 1983, during which time he created the series Eat Dirt, Art History of tongue-in-cheek copies of famous artworks. In his early work, Opie made steel sculptures of domestic appliances, architectural structures and abstract, geometrical shapes. More recently, he has focused on digital media such as LED projections and graphic art. His work draws on classical portraiture, Japanese woodblock prints and Pop Art aesthetics, particularly the work of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.