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Series

Prints from Warhol to Wool

What do artists find so fascinating about series and, even more, about serial repetition in printmaking? Series are open systems; they tell stories, play with rhythm, allow for variations, and document artistic processes. With his famous »Campbell’s Soup« screen prints (1968) and »Marilyn« portraits (1967), Andy Warhol made the serial repetition of images his personal trademark. In the mid-1960s, prints thus became a prime artistic medium for both Pop Art and Fluxus. New graphic techniques such as silkscreen printing and offset, often coupled with bold colours and high-impact motifs, enabled not only large print runs but also a whole new way of manipulating images from the popular print media and advertising. It was not only Pop Art, however, but also Minimal Art and Conceptual Art with their graphic sequences that brought serial printmaking into the spotlight.

The Hamburger Kunsthalle’s Department of Prints and Drawings owns an outstanding collection of print series, which, with the exception of Andy Warhol’s (1928–1987) screen prints, have rarely or never been shown before. The exhibition SERIES now presents for the first time highlights from the collection dating from 1960 to the present that allow the history of this medium to be traced from Josef Albers’s (1888–1976) »Hommage au carré« (1965) to David Hockney’s (b. 1937) cycle »A Rake’s Progress« (1961–63) and onward to Roy Lichtenstein’s »Haystack« series and Christopher Wool’s (b. 1955) 2016 series »Untitled«. A second focus is on recent acquisitions of works by younger artists, such as the series »Mid- Sentence«  (2018) by Nina Canell (b. 1979) and Helen Cammock’s sequence (b. 1977) »Shouting in Whispers« (2017).


The selection of around 50 graphic series not only showcases major works from this genre ranging from Pop Art to the present but also takes a look at the history of their production and the artists’ collaborations with leading printers, publishers and editions, which in many cases led to new and surprising, often even revolutionary, developments in graphic art. The thread running through the entire exhibition project is the serial process, from the structure of the series as a sequence of motifs, to the step-by-step printing process, right through to the sequential perception of the artworks by the viewer. How are series printed? What processes, decisions and techniques play a role? The show directly documents the collaboration between artists and printers through films and interviews that in many cases address new printmaking techniques. Based on the Hamburger Kunsthalle’s own collection, the roughly 300 works on view compellingly demonstrate the explosive visual and political power of graphic series.

With SERIES, the Kunsthalle is continuing its research into, discovery and presentation of graphic works, as featured most recently in the successful exhibitions Drawing Rooms: Trends in Contemporary Graphic Art I+ II (2016/2017) and Artist’s Books (2017/2018).

A catalogue (German/English) will accompany the exhibition, featuring over 300 illustrations as well as interviews with Thomas Schütte, Stefan Marx and Ellen Sturm-Loeding.  

The exhibition is a cooperative project with the Griffelkunst-Vereinigung Hamburg e. V.

Featured artists: Josef Albers, Joseph Beuys, Ulla von Brandenburg, John Cage, Helen Cammock, Nina Canell, Jim Dine, Dan Flavin, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Olaf Christopher Jenssen, Donald Judd, Ronald B. Kitaj, Maria Lassnig, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Stefan Marx, Almir Mavignier, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Fred Sandback, Nora Schultz, Thomas Schütte, Dasha Shishkin, Frank Stella, Rosemarie Trockel, Victor Vasarely, Wolf Vostell, Andy Warhol, Corinne Wasmuht, Emmett Williams, Christopher Wool, and others.

 

Haspa Gallery
The Hamburger Sparkasse has been committed to the Hamburger Kunsthalle for many years. As a token of gratitude for this generous support, the second floor of the Galerie der Gegenwart, where the exhibition is shown, is called the »Haspa Gallery«.

Supported by: Freunde der Kunsthalle e. V. and Deutsche Bank AG

 

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