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First Museum Study of Carroll Dunham Prints at UAM Feb. 2

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January 20, 2010

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Untitled, 1996, collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art

Carroll Dunham's Untitled, 1996, collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art, gift of the artist.

The fresh, bold prints of artist Carroll Dunham will come to the University Art Museum Feb. 2-April 3. This exhibition marks the first museum study of this distinguished body of work.

The exhibition begins Feb. 2 with an artist's walkthrough at 4:30 p.m., followed by the opening reception from 5-7 p.m.

Dunham, a well-known name in painting as well as printmaking, will be on campus again on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the museum through the Arts and Culture Talks (ACT) Program.

"Carroll Dunham is one of the most prolific and important artists working today," said UAM Director Janet Riker. "Placing equal emphasis on drawing, painting and printmaking, his fertile imagination plays out in a host of bold and comic imagery. We are indebted to the Addison Gallery of American Art for organizing this stunning survey of his prints. Spanning over 20 years, this exhibition is a unique opportunity to study the scope and breadth of Dunham's continually evolving contribution to contemporary art."

Artist Carroll Dunham

Carroll Dunham is among the most prolific and significant artists working today. (Photo Robert Wright)  

Carroll Dunham Prints: A Survey includes more than 100 prints by one of the most inventive printmakers of his generation.

Dunham began making prints in 1984 when Bill Goldston invited him to print at Universal Limited Arts Edition. Since then, he has produced an innovative body of work as large as it is varied.

Combining the spontaneity and drama of his paintings with the careful premeditation required of the print medium, Dunham's imagery is transformed, refined, and often intensified in his graphic work. In the prints, the tension between instinct and control, so integral to all of Dunham's work, is extreme. Born of a mechanical and analytical process, the prints are startlingly expressive and explosive. Indeed it is this marriage of opposites that makes the graphic work so compelling.

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Free parking is available in Visitor Lot #1 off Collins Circle on weekends and for museum events, courtesy of the Office of the Provost.

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