Latin American Masters: The Quest of Printmaking

June 11 – August 15, 2015

Carlos Cruz-Diez
Inducción Cromática a Doble Frecuencia, 2003
Jesús Rafael Soto
Untitled from Writing (Escritura), 1978
Lithograph in colour on watermarked Arches paper
34h x 31w in
Wifredo Lam
Les Loa Petro Enfantent Dans la Danse, 1973
33h x 26 3/4w in
Roberto Matta
Centre Noeuds, Plate 4, 1974
Aquatint etching in color on Japon nacre paper
26h x 20w in
Rufino Tamayo
Sandias, 1969
Lithograph on Rives
36 7/8h x 29 3/4w in
Fernando de Szyszlo
Untitled Set of Nine Etchings, 1978
29 1/4 x 37
Oswaldo Guayasamin
Lidice, 1973
Etching in color on watermarked Guarro paper
29h x 34 3/4w in
Guillermo Kuitca
Sin Titulo I, 1997
Pared lithographic, etchings in color
28h x 34 3/4w in

Press Release

While the history of printmaking can be traced to stencils by ancient civilizations on cave walls, printmaking as an art form evolved after the fifth century and became more widely used in the late 19th century as a significant and innovative art form. Due to its name, many incorrectly assume that prints are simply reproductions of an original work.  Printmaking, however, begins with a matrix created by the artist and ends with an original print—each unique as a result of the various printmaking techniques and practices. Multiple impressions from the same matrix form an edition, better known as a series.

The eight artists in Latin American Masters: The Quest of Printmaking, are all recognized, international forces in modern art who demonstrate a strong proficiency in printmaking. While their commonalities are numerous—all are, or were, also sculptors—a noteworthy, shared characteristic is their affinity to both Euro-centric and Latin American artistic circles, a dual orientation that helped build the relevance and influence of Latin American art on a global scale.

Other themes woven throughout this show reflect the artists’ attraction to color, linear form, architectural interests, and in many instances, creative responses to the complexities of their political and social surroundings. It is through the lens of their mastery and strikingly distinctive styles that LaCa Projects proudly presents Latin American Masters: The Quest of Printmaking.

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