STPI: 10 Years and Counting, Celebrating the Art of Collaboration

12 May - 30 June 2012

 Commemorating our 10th Anniversary, Singapore Tyler Print Institute is proud to present STPI: 10 Years and Counting, Celebrating the Art of Collaboration a survey exhibition that features key works by some of the 20th century masters such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, David Hockney, Claes Oldenburg and Helen Frankenthaler.

These editioned prints, paper pulp works, artists’ books and object-based prints on display from Singapore Art Museum Tyler Collection are shown alongside pivotal pieces created by artists-in-residence at STPI, such as Qiu Zhijie (China), Lin Tianmiao (China), Thukral & Tagra (India), Trenton Doyle Hancock (USA), Tabaimo (Japan), Handiwirman Saputra (Indonesia) and Zhan Wang (China), to commemorate the collaborative working process between printers/papermakers and the artists.

As we mark this milestone of STPI and move forward in our exciting programmes, it is important to look back and reexamine remarkable works that have set the pace for fine art prints. In Celebrating the Art of Collaboration, these selected works mark turning points in the medium of print and paper through scale, innovation, and/or technicality.

Robert Rauschenberg’s large-scale Booster (1967), Jasper John’s technically complex coloured lithography seen in his Coloured Numerals series (1969), Claes Oldenburg’s sculptural print Profile Airflow (1968-1969), Frank Stella’s Paper Pulp Reliefs Project (1975) are some works being showcased to explore the manner in which these artists worked at Ken Tyler’s workshops, Gemini G.E.L in Los Angeles, California and Tyler Graphics Ltd. in Bedford, New York.

With mechanised prints from Indian-duo Thukral & Tagra, large-scale paper cast and paper pulp works from Qiu Zhijie and Treton Doyle Hancock, object based works from Handiwirman Saputra, mixed media prints from Lin Tianmia and relief paperworks from Zhan Wang, STPI carries on this collaborative working tradition and continues to challenge the medium of print and paper through innovation and experimentation.