Copper in the Arts

June 2016

Georgia Museum of Art Debuts Mixographia

Mixographia printDonald Sultan (American, b. 1951), Red Flowers, 2003. Mixografia print on handmade paper, 42 x 42 inches. On loan from Mixografia.
Courtesy of Mary Ryan Gallery, New York.

The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia recently debuted Paper in Profile: Mixografia and Taller de Gráfica Mexicana, an exhibition featuring three-dimensional paper prints and copper casts from 60 artists. On view through August 21, the exhibition takes over an entire wing of the museum’s galleries and provides inspiration for the bulk of its summer programming.

Paper in Profile, organized by Lynn Boland, the museum’s Pierre Daura Curator of European Art, encompasses more than 130 works on paper, copper casts and sculpture from the Mixografia Workshop. Each print is a fine-art paper relief created by hand, some as deep as three inches, incorporating previously unheard-of detail and sculptural form in a traditionally two-dimensional format. Featured artists include John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Helen Frankenthaler, Ed Ruscha, Rufino Tamayo and Rachel Whiteread.

Luis and Lea Remba founded the Mixografia Workshop in Mexico City in 1968 as Taller de Gráfica Mexicana, at the recommendation of artist Pablo O’Higgins. A few years later, at Tamayo’s request, Luis invented the workshop’s unique printing process, which involves pressing paper pulp onto an inked copper mold, allowing for prints that resemble bas-relief sculpture.

In the mid-1980s, the Rembas moved their workshop to Los Angeles, where it served as a hub for dozens of the biggest names in the contemporary art world. The diversity of artists who worked with the Rembas contributed to the workshop’s radical perspective on printmaking and helped to shape its collection as a rich historical archive of international contemporary prints.

“The multitude and variety of the workshop’s production provides a rich survey of international postwar and contemporary art,” said Boland. “At the same time, the workshop itself offers a compelling history of a family business advancing art through innovations in engineering.”

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Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA (706) 542-4662

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