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exhibitions

Jess: To and From the Printed Page

  • Jess, Cover for o-blek, 1991. Collection of Laree Hulshoff.

  • Jess: To and From the Printed Page, installation view at Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, 2008.

  • Jess: To and From the Printed Page, installation view at Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Jess, Cover for the Mutabilities, 1975. The JP Morgan Chase Art Collection.

  • Jess: To and From the Printed Page, installation view at Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, 2008.

  • Jess: To and From the Printed Page, installation view at Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Jess, Echo's Wake, Part IV, 1961/1966. Collection of Paul Anglim, San Francisco, CA.

  • Jess: To and From the Printed Page, installation view at Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Jess: To and From the Printed Page, installation view at the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, 2007.

Curated by Ingrid Schaffner

Jess: To and From the Printed Page explores one of the richest themes in the work of the influential artist known as Jess (1923-2004) – the ongoing dialogue between visual images and written words, which the artist derived from the poetry, literature, comics, and other printed matter that were integral to his oeuvre. Jess emerged from the context of San Francisco’s thriving mid-century literary scene, and this compelling exhibition affords a view of the limited edition magazines and small presses with which he collaborated throughout his life. A most imaginative artist, Jess was steeped equally in the art and poetry of his time and in the modernist and Victorial literature he so treasured, and this project’s multifaceted theme embraces his whole range of creative interests and activities.

 

Featuring some fifty original works of art and dozens of items of printed ephemera for which many of his original artworks were made, this exhibition enables viewers to imagine themselves in Jess’s studio, immersed in the archival nature of his practice of reading and research, cutting and compiling, pinning and pasting. By entering into his process, one gains a greater unerstanding and appreciation of this ‘outsider’ artist who, despite the following of passionate devotees, is still an unfamiliar name within the larger contemporary art community.

 

Finally, as Ingrid Schaffner highlights in her curatorial essay, Jess’ art is strikingly timely: his intimate works on paper, collage-based practice, and densely layered images – an aesthetic of appropriation and diverse references – clearly resonate today, in a world that is ever more inundated by endless rivers of images and texts streaming in and out of our consciousness, as we struggle to make sense of it all.”

 

—Excerpt from foreword to the exhibition catalogue by Judith Olch Richards

curator

Ingrid Schaffner

Ingrid Schaffner is an American curator, art critic, writer, and educator, specializing in contemporary art. She is currently at work on the Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018 which will be on view from October 13, 2018 to March 25, 2019 at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. From 2000 to 2015, Schaffner directed the exhibition program at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the leading museums dedicated to exhibiting the innovative art of our time. Her many significant monographic and thematic exhibitions have brought attention to under-recognized artists and little-explored themes and practices in the art world.


artists


touring schedule

Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Winter Park, FL, United States
January 22, 2009 - March 21, 2009

Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art
Portland, OR, United States
May 8, 2008 - July 20, 2008

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States
February 12, 2008 - April 8, 2008

Pasadena Museum of California Art
Pasadena, CA, United States
October 11, 2007 - January 6, 2008

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
Madison, WI, United States
August 5, 2007 - September 23, 2007

San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, CA, United States
July 12, 1992 - October 11, 1992


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