Crown Point Press announces Summer Choices, a large eclectic exhibition focused on art created at the press earlier than the year 2010. The show is organized in conjunction with the gallery's Seasons Club, whose members may purchase at half price, during the summer, any print in inventory that was published in 2010 or earlier. It is a cheerful and varied exhibition, demonstrating a wide range of possibilities in etching, the time-honored medium in which the press has specialized for more than half a century.
Crown Point artists have many different personal styles and, working at the press, they have stretched the medium used by Rembrandt and Goya into color works and photography-based images while retaining traditional approaches. The exhibition emphasizes the delicate washes and velvety shadows unique to aquatint and there are many examples of the subtle qualities of line for which etching is best known.
Mary Heilmann, for example, has scattered large colorful circular dots over a shining translucent field of white-on-cream brushstrokes. Al Held has created a large intricate line etching that pulls us deep into his spacious world of fantasy structures. There is a classic Robert Bechtle San Francisco street scene, and a Darren Almond color photogravure of a little stream that is part of the headwaters of the Nile. Chris Ofili's green nude dances under a waterfall, and William T. Wiley's Don Quixote figure rides by on his horse.
Crown Point's Summer Choices exhibition includes work by Darren Almond, Mamma Andersson, Anne Appleby, William Bailey, Robert Bechtle, Edgar Bryan, Christopher Brown, John Chiara, Francesco Clemente, Pia Fries, Mary Heilmann, Al Held, Tom Marioni, Susan Middleton, Jockum Nordström, Chris Ofili, Gay Outlaw, Laura Owens, Markus Raetz, Wilson Shieh, Pat Steir, Richard Tuttle, and William T. Wiley.