Inviting Words into the Image: Contemporary Prints from the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios

Barbara Kruger, Savoir c’est pouvoir, 1989
Sep 01, 2006 - Jan 28, 2007
Eisenberg Gallery

For centuries, printmaking has been a fundamental form of visual communication, but when today’s artists entwine the verbal and the visual, they create unexpected ways of interpreting the world, social issues, politics, identity, emotions or ideas, and dynamically compelling graphic art. For example, whether it is the print News or Pews or Stews, the artist Ed Ruscha likes to feature each word as the image, yet he also plays with traditional inks. Some artists superimpose a word or phrase on an image; other artists mimic commercial signage or advertising; yet still other artists overlay their images with handwriting and diary-like autobiographical musings. This exhibition of more than thirty prints explores what happens when such contemporary artists as Terry Allen, John Baldessari, David Diao, Roni Horn, Margo Humphrey, Barbara Kruger, Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Joan Snyder, Nancy Spero, William T. Wiley, and others explore the visual interplay of words and images in various print media.

The prints in this exhibition are selected from the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios, which is the Zimmerli Art Museum’s important repository documenting contemporary printmaking in America. The printers and printmaking studios represented in this exhibition include: Dieu Donné Papermill, Derrière l’Etoile Studios, Chip Elwell, Fox Graphics-Merrimac Editions, Hudson River Editions, Catherine Mosley Studios, Pelavin Editions, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Solo Impression, and Teaberry Press.   


Barbara Kruger

Savoir c’est pouvoir, 1989

Photo offset and screenprint on paper

Promised gift of Maurice Sánchez, Derrière L’Étoile Studios