Pace Prints is pleased to present a group exhibition of prints and monotypes by Francesco Clemente, George Condo, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel for the 2020 IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, being held online.
Each of the four artist’s prints in this exhibition represent a different method of printmaking over a span of 30 years. The most recent project in this group is a series of monotypes created by David Salle at Pace Prints in 2019, each consisting of a portrait overlaid with floral imagery and patterns. Each multi-layered monotype allowed the artist to produce new combinations and juxtapositions.
Francesco Clemente’s Air, Earth, and Self Portrait with Lemon Heart are ukiyo-e woodcuts, printed with water-based inks, and have the sensuous translucency of a gouache or watercolor. These incisive portraits and self-portraits each take as many as 21 woodcut blocks to produce.
George Condo created a series of Untitled etchings with the esteemed intaglio printer Aldo Crommelynck three decades ago, when Crommelynck was the master printer in residence at Pace Prints. These finely detailed portraits refer to art historical subjects and exhibit Condo’s brilliance with expressionist form.
Julian Schnabel’s large-scale aquatint etchings on found maps, exemplified by A Boy from Naples, are bold and dark portraits. Using the thick, inky black of the aquatint, Schnabel draws portraits that emerge from an overwhelmingly dark field.