“Monumental Prints”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Both artists in this show, Georg Baselitz and Rolf Iseli, offer a distinctive vision worthy of inspection in its own right, but the subject of this discussion is the general/issue that both address here, namely, “monumental prints.” It is no secret to art audiences today that paintings have gotten larger; so too have prints and drawings. While the reasons for this can vary according to the individual artist, the development toward big, bigger, biggest is related to a heightened interest in the pictorial. Transcending media, this sensibility helps to blur the traditional distinctions between painting, drawing, and printmaking, and stresses the importance of image. This “new graphic sensibility,” as I call it, is also evident in the notably direct, aggressive way the art objects in question communicate visual information. These qualities are visible in both Baselitz’s and Iseli’s work here;

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