“Abstract painting is like jazz… The melody is great, but what is the statement? Great tunes, but not connected to the real world where roses are red and the sky is blue, Tide is orange, and 7-Up is green.“ – James Rosenquist

STPI proudly presents American Modern masters Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg & James Rosenquist and their extraordinary ventures in printmaking. The 37 technical feats from the Singapore Art Museum Collection exploited the American print revival of the 50s–60s, revolutionizing how prints were perceived by amplifying the radical ideas and provocative visual language of The Readymades to ground-breaking effect.

From Rauschenberg’s layered photographic images, Johns’ figurative numbers, Rosenquist’s surreal cut-out compositions, and Lichtenstein’s dynamic comic strips, these avant-garde icons pushed the envelopes of both scale and techniques to demonstrate how printmaking collaborations were instrumental in this paradigm-shifting movement. They saw the appeal of print, with its handmade process, as an ideal form that enhanced their experimentation of the readymade image. “Printmaking is a collaboration not only with people, but with materials too… Collaboration not only takes the self-consciousness out of the artist, but the total result is generally so much greater, almost immeasurably.” – Robert Rauschenberg

Handmade Readymades examines the ways in which these artists redefined figurative art by exploring their original modes of representation, through the devices of collage, repetition, scale and abstraction. Adapting visual codes in media depictions and declaring everyday objects as motifs of modernity, they created new associations between displaced fragments of popular culture.

Regular Guided Tours
Thursdays: 11:30AM and Saturdays: 2PM

Special Evening Tours (Fridays, 6PM):
6 July, 3 August and 7 September

French Guided Tours (Mondays):
18 and 25 June, 10.30AM
27 August, 10:00AM

Japanese Guided Tours (Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:30AM):
19 and 31 June and 28 August
30 June, 14 July and 11 August

Chinese Guided Tours (Tuesdays):
10, 17 and 24 July, 1:30PM

 

current Exhibition

STPI at Triennial of Contemporary Prints, Le Locle

17 June – 14 October

 

Selected by Triennale Director Nathalie Herschdorfer, the presentation comprises a unique spectrum of works on print and paper by Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan, Carsten Höller, Kim Beom, Dinh Q. Lê, Tobias Rehberger, Anri Sala, Tabaimo, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Suzann Victor, and Haegue Yang. They will be exhibited in Museé des Beaux Arts, Le Locle.

These challenging and conceptually rigorous works were produced with STPI’s professional team of print and paper makers. From adopting creative processes such as the Exquisite Corpse, to incorporating cinnamon powder in paper, screen printing with dust, and even reversing the role of paper as the medium rather than the receiving surface, the suite of diverse oeuvres demonstrate the creative possibilities of the historically significant and traditional medium of paper for contemporary artistic expression and innovation.

For more information on the show, click here.