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The 45th Big Prints, Small Prints: 18th Exhibition of Prints from the Tyler Graphics Archive Collection

June 21, 2008 - September 07, 2008

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For a long time prints were a small-scale medium, an art form not typically a works of grand scale. The reason is because they originated primarily as privately owned works to be admired holding them in one's hands. Moreover, making large prints was difficult owing to technical constraints imposed by the print materials and press size. The situation changed completely in the 1960s, however, with technological innovations. Tyler Graphics was among the leaders of the new trend and has created works so large in scale as to occasionally be mistaken for wall paintings.
Today of course, works of small size are still being produced. This is because print artists, while an the one hand attracted to the possibilities for expressions through large prints, simultaneously are attracted by the way in which small prints invite a dialogue between the artist and the viewer. This exhibition displayed prints, both big and small, created by artists including David Hockney and James Rosenquist and introduced visitors to the breadth of artistic expression possible with the print medium.

Featured artists

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-)
David Hockney (1937-)
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
James Rosenquist (1933-)
Alan Shields (1944-2005)
Steven Sorman (1948-)
Frank Stella (1936-)