Good Form, Decorum, and in the Manner Portraits from the Collections of Washington Print Club Members
Curated by Tim Doud
January 25-March 15, 2020
Simon Brett (born 1943),Night Duty, n.d. Wood engraving, 11 x 9 in. Collection of Ellen and Max-Karl Winkler.
Ed Paschke (1939-2004), Flamenco, 1991. Color silkscreen, 33 x 34 in. Ed. 51/60. Collection of Bob Stana and Tom Judy.
Martin Puryear (born 1941), Cane, 1923. Book with woodcut illustrations, 14 x 11 3/4 x 1 in. unopened. Book by Jean Toomer with 10 illustrations by Puryear, published 2000 by the Arion Press, San Francisco, Ed. 336/400. Collection of Shelly and Gerry Elliott.
Portraits are usually understood in one of two ways: as the depiction of the face of a person, or a representation of someone's impression of a person. This exhibition comprises many works that could be thought of as conventional portraits of individuals in a wide range of media, including woodblock and wood engravings, intaglio prints, mezzotints, monoprints, photography, collage, and an assemblage made with found objects. The show also pushes the boundaries of portraiture by including works that capture the likenesses of animals, places, memories, and events.
Good Form, Decorum, and in the Mannercan also be considered a snapshot of the Washington Print Club today by celebrating the prized pieces its members have chosen to highlight. My curatorial interest also lies in the resulting overlaps, intersections, gaps, and dialogues between collectors' collections.