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"Out of the Box: 20th-Century Print Portfolios"
2002-03-30 until 2002-06-23
Philadelphia Museum of Art
This exhibition examines the portfolio as a vital format in
twentieth-century European and American printmaking. Conceived,
produced, and housed together, often in custom-made boxes, prints in
portfolios share similar formal or thematic elements.
Eleven complete print portfolios from the permanent collection provide
visitors with a rare opportunity to see the creative statement of each
featured artist in its entirety. The two earliest portfolios on view are El
Lissitzky's Victory Over the Sun (1923) and Man Ray's Revolving
Doors (1926), followed by Jackson Pollock's Portfolio of Six Prints
The popularity of the portfolio format greatly increased after the late
1950s, when professional print workshops such as Universal Limited Art
Editions (ULAE) and Tamarind Lithography Workshop opened in the
United States. Out of the Box includes portfolios from this later period
by Barbara Kruger, Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol.
Some of the suites, such as Ellsworth Kelly's Ten Lithographs (1970),
are exhibited for the first time.
El Lissitzky (Russian, 1890-1941)
New Man from Victory Over the Sun
15 x 10 1/2 inches
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Dr. George J. Roth, 1953