The Print Center is very pleased to announce the Finalists and Semifinalists of the 94th ANNUAL International Competition juried by Charlotte Cotton and Gretchen Wagner. Cotton is a curator of photography and author, she is Curator-in-Residence at the California Museum of Photography, Riverside and recently published Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015). Wagner is the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum and co-curator/co-author of Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now (Saint Louis Art Museum, 2018).
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ABOUT THE JURORS
Charlotte Cotton is a Los Angeles-based curator of photography and writer. She is Curator-in-Residence at the California Museum of Photography, Riverside and the author of Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015). Cotton has held several prestigious positions including Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Head of Programming at The Photographers’ Gallery, also London. She held the position of Curator and Head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Cotton has written and edited numerous influential books, including Imperfect Beauty: The Making of Contemporary Fashion Photographs (V&A Publications, 2000), Guy Bourdin (V&A Publications, 2003), The Photograph as Contemporary Art (Thames and Hudson, 2004), Public, Private, Secret: On Photography and the Configuration of Self (Aperture, 2018) and Fashion Image Revolution (Prestel Publishing, 2018).
(Photo: Christian McDonald)
Gretchen Wagner is the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum. In 2018, she co-curated and co-authored the exhibition and catalog Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now and organized the exhibition Printing Abstraction. Wagner received her MA in Art History from Williams College, Williamstown, MA and her BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
From 2004 - 2012, Wagner was a member of the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), most recently as the Sue and Eugene Mercy, Jr. Assistant Curator. At MoMA, she worked extensively with the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection and organized the exhibition Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions, 1962-1978, 2012, as well as Gabriel Orozco: Samurai Tree Invariants and Projects 98: Slavs and Tatars, 2010. Her writings are included in Dada in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, 2008) and Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, 2010).
Wagner has curated exhibitions at numerous institutions including Artist’s Artists: James Siena, Josh Smith, and Charline von Heyl Collect Prints at the International Print Center New York; David Scanavino: Candy Crush and Art of Its Own Making at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, all 2014; and contributed to the publication German Expressionist Prints: The Marcia and Granvil Specks Collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum (Hudson Hills Press, 2003). Currently, she is developing an exhibition and publication featuring the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Art Collection of abstract paintings, sculpture and works on paper by African American artists working from the postwar period to today.
We asked Cotton:
About your book The Photograph as Contemporary Art, which has been instrumental in defining the medium for artists, curators and institutions: If you were able to update your book today, what would you say about photography in this very moment, especially in light of recent socio-political events?
Well, I am getting the chance this summer to update my book throughout, for the fourth edition. This allows me to go back into the original chapters from 2004, as well as rewrite the introduction and final chapter. The book remains the same in fundamental ways - it has always been empirically a book of (binary) gender parity with 50% of the included artists identifying as female. Back in 2004, I was reticent to acknowledge wholesale the shift of documentary photography from the dying picture press towards the gallery and art book contexts. Like many, I had issues with the idea of a predominantly masculine-defined field of photojournalism chronicling the socio-political climate of our world and being heralded for this privilege. Of course, we are in a very different arena now, when we automatically ask questions about who is making the photograph and what their proximity to their subject truly consists of. I'm excited to reflect that shift in the next version of The Photograph as Contemporary Art.
We asked Wagner:
Could you talk about what it was like to take on the exhibition and publication Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now - with its scope and impact? What was your driving force?
For Graphic Revolution, we began by asking ourselves the driving question: "How did printmaking and art produced 'in multiple', shape art history in the United States during the past sixty years?" "Essentially, how did the medium and its underlying ethos impact contemporary art of all media, and its development?" We wanted to highlight the technical accomplishments of acclaimed workshops and master printers, including Universal Limited Art Editions, Gemini G.E.L., Robert Blackburn and Kenneth Tyler, as much as we wanted to create connections among artists exploring the conceptual potential of print, such as David Hammons, Bruce Conner, Sol LeWitt and Annette Lemieux. Also, we strove to clarify how an artist's printmaking built upon and advanced the artist's practice overall.
Having looked back on the history, what makes you excited about the medium of print today?
While working on Graphic Revolution, I was continually inspired by the fact that printmaking, and the supporting workshops, have created space for diversity and inclusion. The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Tamarind Institute, Brandywine Workshop and Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts are among the organizations continuing this important work.
What are you working on now?
I am developing an exhibition and publication which will feature the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection of over eighty paintings, drawings and prints by black artists working in the United States and Europe during the postwar period to today. Artists represented in the collection include Terry Adkins, Robert Blackburn, Chakaia Booker, Frank Bowling, Ed Clark, Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis, James Little, Al Loving, Evangeline Montgomery and Jack Whitten, among others.
What are your thoughts about the relationship between traditional printmaking techniques and digital processes?
I am very interested in how contemporary artists, whose work is firmly planted in the digital arena, are turning to the print medium as a viable tool to expand their practice. For example, prints, posters, books and multiples provide "hard-copy" extensions of technology-driven and internet-based projects. Cory Arcangel's publishing endeavor Arcangel Surfware and his artists book series The Source, which provide, in booklet form, the line-by-line code necessary to generate his digital works, is a captivating example. Artists Paul Chan and Martine Syms also see publishing as an extension of a media-centered practice.
The jurors will select a group of approximately 25 Semifinalists and 10 Finalists eligible for prizes including:
Awards + Prizes
- Three Solo Exhibitions at The Print Center
- Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award
- Two-Year Print Center Gallery Store contract
- The Print Center Honorary Council Award of Excellence
- Online Exhibition
- Awagami Paper Award
- The Photo Review Award
- BOMB Magazine Award
- Renaissance Graphic Arts Award
- Trinity Framing Award
- Other cash and material prizes
Three of the Finalists will be selected by The Print Center’s curator to receive solo exhibitions at The Print Center (January – March 2020) along with an honorarium. Artists are responsible for delivering or shipping their work to and from The Print Center and all related costs, including framing when appropriate. The Print Center provides a printed, color exhibition brochure; professional installation and de-installation of the exhibitions; promotion via press release, mailed announcement cards, website, weekly email newsletters and social media posts; and professional photographic documentation of the shows.
Two Digital Exhibitions
Portfolios of work from the Finalists and Semifinalists will be presented digitally at The Print Center during the Solo Exhibitions (January – March 2020) and permanently online on The Print Center’s website.
Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
Selected by a curator from the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One work will be accessioned into the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Permanent Collection.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award
Selected by Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art. One work will be accessioned into the Museum’s permanent collection.
Entry Deadline: June 14, 2019, 11:59 PM (EST)
Notification by email: September 6, 2019
Solo and Digital Exhibitions: January – March 2020
Online Exhibition: Begins January 2020
If artworks are available for sale, The Print Center will facilitate sales transactions for the solo and online exhibitions and purchase awards from the ANNUAL. The Print Center will receive a 50% commission on works sold. The Print Center will pay the artist’s commission within 90 days of the close of the sale.
The Print Center is not responsible for damage to work during shipping or delivery, although care in handling onsite can be assured. Works will be insured while on The Print Center’s premises.
About The Print Center
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Work by Daniel W. Coburn, Julie Anne Greenberg and Jacob Koestler, winners of the 92nd ANNUAL Solo Exhibitions
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