Jasper Johns: 45 Years of Master Prints

October 15, 2005February 12, 2006

Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), made his first print, a lithograph, in 1960 at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in West Islip, New York. Johns has made prints continually since that time, frequently returning to ULAE but also working in lithography, screenprint, and etching at other fine art presses such as Gemini G. E.L. and Simca. This exhibition of approximately 45 prints celebrates the remarkable 45-year history of Johns's printmaking and will include Target (1960), Savarin (1977), The Seasons (1987), and Bushbaby (2004).


Personal Perspectives: Aspects of American Photography

October 15, 2005March 26, 2006

Shortly after the development of photography in France and England at the end of the 1830s, the medium was introduced with great fanfare and enthusiasm to the United States. Since those early days, photography has become an important creative medium in American cultural life through its application in the areas of fine art, science, and documentary projects. The de Young Museum has played an important role in the history of American photography, having hosted the historic F64 group exhibition in 1932.


Novelty and Nostalgia: American Drawings from the Rockefeller Collection

January 24, 2006April 23, 2006

In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd gave the Fine Arts Museums more than one hundred works of American art. This selection from that gift, spanning a century, reveals the breadth of their collecting and their commitment to aesthetic quality. Many of the works reveal artists’ wonder at what they conceived of as the “New World.” Even as they excitedly shared their sense of the novelty of American culture, however, artists began to romanticize the nation’s past.


John Bankston: Locating Desire

February 25, 2006June 25, 2006


John Bankson is the second artist whose work is featured in the inaugural year of the new de Young’s Connections Gallery program, which was conceived to enable visitors to make connections through strong, visual experiences. By emphasizing the more intuitive connections on which artists typically rely, the exhibitions in this gallery provide a model for visitors of the kinds of relationships that emerge when the collections are viewed with an eye toward common elements.


Crown Point Press: The Art of Etching

February 25, 2006August 27, 2006

Crown Point Press’s accomplishments over 43 years as one of America’s foremost contemporary print publishers are celebrated in this exhibition of 35 prints by 16 artists, among them Chuck Close, Nathan Oliveira, Sol LeWitt, Shazia Sikander, Richard Tuttle, and Laura Owens. Crown Point specializes in etching techniques, most of which have existed for hundreds of years, and which the press has promoted as a vehicle for contemporary artistic approaches.


From the Ground Up: American Artists of the Etching Revival

May 2, 2006September 3, 2006

The founding of the New York Etching Club in 1877 formalized the late-nineteenth century phenomenon known as the “etching revival” in the United States. Historically a medium used for reproductive printmaking, by the 1870s painters were using etching to make sensitive, original works of art. Etchings, which could be made using tools found at home, became extremely popular among artists and collectors.



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