New York

Anselm Kiefer, Wege der Weltweisheit: Die Hermannsschlacht (Ways of Worldly Wisdom: Arminius's Battle), 1978, oil and woodcut on paper mounted on canvas, 6' 5 1/2“ x 7' 10 1/4”. From “Eye on Europe.”

Anselm Kiefer, Wege der Weltweisheit: Die Hermannsschlacht (Ways of Worldly Wisdom: Arminius's Battle), 1978, oil and woodcut on paper mounted on canvas, 6' 5 1/2“ x 7' 10 1/4”. From “Eye on Europe.”

New York

“Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples, 1960 to Now”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
October 15, 2006–July 1, 2007

Curated by Wendy Weitman and Deborah Wye

Throughout art history, the printed form has largely been given a backseat to the “loftier” media of painting, sculpture, and drawing, all of which enjoy a veneer of originality unavailable to reproductive arts. This exhibition of some three hundred works counters that tendency by demonstrating in six thematic sections—including “Language,” “Expressionist Impulse,” and “A British Focus”—the primary role printed matter (graphic works, publications, wallpaper) has played in transforming conventional European artistic processes and distribution networks and, in turn, contemporary art at large. Highlights include the language-based works of Conceptual artist Marcel Broodthaers; political projects of collectives and individuals (Atelier Populaire, Joseph Beuys); and recent examples of subversive irony from artists like the late Martin Kippenberger.