Color & Complexity: 30 Years at Durham Press
Please note: The Allentown Art Museum will be closed to the public March 14-31, 2020. During this time the galleries are closed and all programming and events are cancelled.
Color & Complexity is the first exhibition to celebrate Durham Press’s thirty years of innovative and experimental printmaking. Founded in 1988 by master printer Jean-Paul Russell and co-owned with partner and wife Ann Marshall, the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, workshop and publisher is internationally recognized. In collaborating with artists, Durham Press develops unique methods to suit each project, whether that involves creating hundreds of intricately carved and shaped woodblocks or marking a metal plate with a bulldozer.
This exhibition will not only feature Durham Press’s monoprints, portfolios, and the large-scale masterpieces of printmaking for which they are best known, but will also reveal aspects of the process through the display of blocks and matrixes. Color & Complexity highlights an impressive body of work from across Durham Press’s history, including prints by some of today’s most groundbreaking artists, such as Hurvin Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, Chitra Ganesh, John Giorno, Jacob Hashimoto, Michael Heizer, Emil Lukas, Beatriz Milhazes, and Mickalene Thomas. Many of these artists have been returning to Durham Press for years and even decades, noting that the supportiveness and experimental nature of their experience often influences the development of their artwork in other media.