The Satirical Edge in Contemporary Prints and Graphics

Alsdorf Gallery

chagoyaEnrique Chagoya,Return to Goya No. 9, 2010, etching and aquatint with letterpress. Published by Universal Limited Art Editions as a benefit print for IPCNY. Block Museum, Purchase funds provided by Sandra Lynn Riggs, 2010.18.2. © Enrique Chagoya/Universal Limited Art Editions, 2010.

Drawn primarily from the Block collection, this exhibition features works from the 1950s to present day by artists working in America who who use the power of printmaking to create outrageous scenes and narratives of warfare, greed, gluttony, and injustice.

The show begins with printmakers from the mid-20th century like William Gropper, who created dark lithographs with characters driven and tormented by their base desires, and Warrington Colescott and Sidney Chafetz, famous for their pointed jabs at the pompous worlds of high art and academia. A newer generation is represented by artists like Tom Huck (b. 1971), whose burlesque art and the Mexican-born, American-based Enrique Chagoya (b. 1953), who incorporates diverse elements from pre-Columbian mythology, western religious iconography, and American popular culture to create scathing critiques on society. Other contemporary artists in the exhibition include R. Crumb, Sue Coe, and the art collective Guerrilla Girls (founded 1985).

The Satirical Edge in Contemporary Prints and Graphics is supported by the Alsdorf Endowment and the Myers Foundations.