Larissa Goldston Gallery and ULAE are pleased to announce the opening of Kind of Blue, a selection of prints that incorporate the color blue. The exhibition will be on view from Friday, May 18 through Saturday, June 23, 2012. There will be an opening reception on May 18 from 6 to 8 pm.
Blue has played a prominent role in society since the beginning of time. Ancient Greeks thought of it as ugly and barbaric but Europeans and Americans eventually embraced it as a favorite color using it to represent the Virgin Mary, royal families, and the flags of nations and states. It can represent sadness but also happiness and romance. It is often used to symbolize male gender. From manuscripts to stained glass, from paintings to clothes, blue is everywhere.
There is no shortage of blue in contemporary art and some of the greatest printmakers in America have explored its possibilities. This exhibition highlights a selection of artists that have worked at ULAE and the prints that have been made using this very alluring color. Artists included in the exhibition are Carroll Dunham, Sam Francis, Ellen Gallagher, Bill Jensen, Jasper Johns, Suzanne McClelland, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Edwin Schlossberg, Kiki Smith, Richard Tuttle and Terry Winters.
Universal Limited Art Editions began in 1957 under the inspiration of Tatyana Grosman, a Russian émigré. Early prints by Dine, Frankenthaler, Johns,Motherwell, Rauschenberg, and Rivers gained Grosman the interest of curators and collectors. Her reputation for ethical practices and high aesthetic standards propelled ULAE to the forefront of the print market of the 1960s and 1970s. Upon Grosman’s death, Bill Goldston became the director of ULAE and has continued the tradition with his daughter, Larissa. They have brought many new artists to the studio including Amy Cutler, Carroll Dunham, Jane Hammond, James Siena, Kiki Smith, Terry Winters, Zachary Wollard and Lisa Yuskavage.