Creating Impressions: Prints from the Collection of David Kabakoff
December 5, 2019 – January 25, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 5, 6-8:30 pm
Collector’s Talk with David Kabakoff: Thursday, January 16, 7 pm
Kala Gallery’s Project Space is excited to present Creating Impressions: Prints from the Collection of David Kabakoff, a selection of work that explores the lives and processes of printmakers from the 16th century to the present. Focusing on images of artists at work in the studio, the exhibition includes pieces that range in tone from documentary to parody. Presses, chemicals, and other printmaking tools are central characters in these pieces alongside the artists who make use of them. These images of printmakers at work and the studio spaces they inhabit reflect the aesthetics of the respective periods in which they were made and, though diverse in process and medium, they are united in their celebration of the persistence of printmaking as an innovative art form through the centuries.
David Kabakoff, of Rancho Santa Fe, California, has assembled a major collection of works that explore the art and history of printmaking. The collection includes artist’s portraits and self-portraits; images of studios, tools, connoisseurs, and collectors; and works related to the evolution of printmaking processes. Many different media, including lithography, etching, engraving, aquatint, mezzotint, drypoint, woodblock printing, and screen printing, are featured. His collection now numbers over 700 prints, representing the work of more than 300 artists from over 20 countries and ranging from the 16th century to the present. The collection contains six works created by artists-in-residence at Kala’s print studios.
Robert W. Macbeth
Emmanuel C. Montoya
Sylvia Solochek Walters