Please join us Friday, January 3rd from 6-9pm for the opening of:
American Abstract Artists: Digital Prints, 2012–2019
75th Anniversary Print Portfolio & 2019 Monoprint Portfolio
JANUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 9, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 6–9 PM
“The AAA created an open and generally egalitarian forum for the exhibition of abstract and non-objective art stressing the common bond between artists who understood form as a vital physical and visual vehicle for content. The AAA has been for most of its history, a remarkably democratic organization tolerant of many points of view…”
—Susan C. Larsen, from her introduction to the AAA 50th Anniversary Portfolio
“What binds past and present members of AAA together is a deep respect for the value of visual experience unencumbered by programs and pretensions...their real concern is with the absolute immediacy of visual experience for which abstraction has been the vessel…”
—Robert Storr, from his introduction to the 75th Anniversary Portfolio
Transmitter is pleased to inaugurate the New Year with an exhibition devoted to two print portfolios published by American Abstract Artists—75th Year Anniversary Print Portfolio and 2019 Monoprint Portfolio.
American Abstract Artists (AAA) was founded in 1936 as a vehicle to promote greater awareness of US based artists working to advance the language of abstraction. Printmaking was a focus of the group from its inception. The group’s first exhibition in 1937 was accompanied by a portfolio of original lithographs by 30 founding members. From then onward, print portfolios became a platform to both document the work of its members and to serve as milestones for the group (portfolios were created to mark AAA’s 50th, 60th, and 75th anniversaries).
In 2012, in a meaningful shift, AAA chose to embrace digital printing for the 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio. All prior print portfolios had been produced using various forms of lithography. This shift in printing technology represented a conscious decision to situate the portfolio, and the group, squarely within the 21st century. The 2019 Monoprint Portfolio was created to complement the 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio and allows for a print exhibition that surveys the work of the group’s current members.
Following the exhibition at Transmitter, Digital: AAA Prints 2012-2019 will travel to the Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT in October, 2020, and Herron School of Art + Architecture in Indianapolis, IN in January, 2021.
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2012 Portfolio: Alice Adams, Siri Berg, Emily Berger, Susan Bonfils, Power Boothe, Henry Brown, Kenneth Bushnell, James O. Clark, Gabriele Evertz, John Goodyear, Gail Gregg, James Gross, Lynne Harlow, Mara Held, Daniel G. Hill, Gilbert Hsiao, Phillis Ideal, Julian Jackson, James Juszczyk, Cecily Kahn, Steven Karlik, Marthe Keller, Irene Lawrence, Jane Logemann, Vincent Longo, David McKenzie, Stephen Maine, Katinka Mann, Nancy Manter, Creighton Michael, Manfred Mohr, Hiroshi Murata, John Phillips, Lucio Pozzi, Leo Rabkin, Ce Roser, David Row, Edward Shalala, Robert Storr, Robert Swain, Clover Vail, Vera Vasek, Don Voisine, Stephen Westfall, Jeanne Wilkinson, Mark Williams, Thornton Willis, and Nola Zirin.
2019 Portfolio: Liz Ainslie, Steven Alexander, Jeffrey Bishop, Jacob Cartwright, Rob de Oude, Laurie Fendrich, Joanne Freeman, Gary Golkin, Pinkney Herbert, Rhia Hurt, Joanne Mattera, Judith Murray, Lisa E. Nanni, Jim Osman, Don Porcaro, Corey Postiglione, Raquel Rabinovich, Irene Rousseau, Anne Russinof, Lorenza Sannai, Karen Schifano, Mary Schiliro, Claire Seidl, Melissa Staiger, and Kim Uchiyama.