Paper

Pressed, Stained, Slashed, Folded

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA

Wednesday 11 March 2009 to Saturday 20 June 2009
This exhibition focuses on works on paper, including prints, illustrated books, and selected drawings, that explore and manipulate the materiality of paper itself. Many of the featured artists emerged during the 1960s and 1970s, when an interest in everyday materials and nontraditional processes fueled a desire to reinvestigate some of the most familiar or humble mediums, including paper.

Ed Ruscha and Dieter Roth created print editions by pressing food and other organic substances into paper. Lucio Fontana slashed and punctured the paper in his prints. Dorothea Rockburne executed a series of near-sculptural prints by folding and then unfolding large sheets of aquatinted paper. Other artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, and Richard Tuttle, similarly embraced the delicacy and mutability of paper as a substance and a subject. The exhibition continues into recent years with ethereal works by Mona Hatoum, Ellen Gallagher, and Martin Creed, among others.

Organized by Starr Figura, The Phyllis Ann and Walter Borten Associate Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books.

The Paul J. Sachs Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, second floor

Location

The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
11 West 53 Street
Midtown Manhattan Precinct
New York
United States
Composition made from pieces of cardboard boxes
Cardbird VI from the Cardbird Series (1971)
© All rights reserved Estate of Robert Rauschenberg and Gemini G.E.L./Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY 2009 United States
Robert Rauschenberg. Photolithograph and screenprint on corrugated cardboard with tape additions. Overall (irreg.): 26 x 27 3/16" (66 X 69.1 cm). Publisher and printer: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles. Edition: 75.