Pace Prints is pleased to present an exhibition of editions and monoprints by fifteen female artists spanning the last five decades. The exhibition will be on view April 22–June 11, 2016 at Pace Prints, 521 West 26th Street, 3rd Floor.
The highlight of the exhibition is Shahzia Sikander’s first edition with Pace Prints, Portrait of the Artist (2016). The portfolio of four etchings includes an original colophon text by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar. The prints are concurrently included in Sikander’s first major solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Apparatus of Power at the Asia Society Hong Kong, on view through July 9, 2016.
Shahzia Sikander’s imagery references historical Miraj paintings of the visionary night journey of the Prophet Muhammad, a salient motif in Central Asian and Indo-Persian miniature painting. Etching is both the medium and the conceptual underpinning for combining diverse source imagery, speaking to the plurality of Sikander’s art historical and socio-political subject matter. The Miraj functions as a metaphor for the artistic journey in search of truth.
Pat Steir’s most recent hand-painted screenprints introduce gestures from her painterly lexicon into the printmaking medium. The artist’s monumental Triptych B shimmers with veils of color in grids, scribbles, dabs and drips.
Inka Essenhigh's monoprints and etchings loosely reference various mythologies and the spiritual side of nature. Mythic settings serve as stages for invented dreamscapes to unfold. In Moon Creatures, a monotype printed from a steel matrix, feminine figures materialize from a sublime updrift in a moonlit forest. Essenhigh’s work often uses color and form to embody a particular season or feeling.
Also on view will be works by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Rina Banerjee, Tara Donovan, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Hammond, Mary Heilmann, Nicola López, Wangechi Mutu, Louise Nevelson, Kate Shepherd and Kiki Smith.