Prints and Multiples
Feb 9th - March 5th
Opening Reception: Feb 16th, 5-9pm

At GALLERY Z - PRINTS & MULTIPLES, Thursday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, March 5th. Featured Artists Alan Metnick, b. 1941 & Aristide Joseph Bonaventure Maillol, b. 1861 - d. 1944. Opening Reception* Thursday, February 16, 5-9PM.

Gallery Z will be featuring nationally and internationally renowned Providence-based artist Alan Metnick, as well as the famous earlier French sculptor/painter/printmaker Aristide Joseph Bonaventure Maillol (from Gallery Director Berge Zobian's collection), in a focused exhibit that is a virtual tour of the history and variety of printmaking media. Works of numerous others artists in the extensive Gallery Z stable will also be on display to round out a glimpse into the breadth of historic printmaking styles.

Prints have often been reflective of the social, political, industrial or aesthetic temperature of an era. Traditional Printmaking processes for the creation of fine art printmaking include Lithography (Planographic), Intaglio (Engraving, Drypoint, Etching, Aquatint, Carborundum, Mezzotint, Photogravure) Relief (Woodcuts/Chiaroscuro, Linocuts, Monotype), Screenprinting (Serigraphy, Stencil). Some of the assorted techniques on display used by printmakers to produce limited edition prints include lithographs, woodcuts, etchings, engravings and serigraphs (silkscreen/screen printing).

The highly versatile and prolific Alan Metnick works in numerous media, including serigraphy, photography, painting, drawing, stained glass and textiles. Born in Chicago in 1941, Alan earned a BS in History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Alan has steeped much of his work in historical and biblical influences. His closely detailed serigraphs burst forth in their vibrant colors and sharp edges juxtaposed amidst undulating curves, while his black & white or sepia-toned photographs offer personal glimpses into fragments of shared histories.

Alan's work has been shown in many museums and galleries. An impressively long list of solo shows includes many galleries in Poland, along with the Newport Art Museum (RI), Solomon-Hatch Gallery, Providence Watercolor Club, Bannister Gallery, RI College, Providence College and University of RI, among many others, and group shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, Newport Art Museum, Providence Art Club, RI Foundation Gallery, RI Heritage Commission, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT, George Eastman House, Rochester, Brown University, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT, Boston College and Hamilton College, NY, among numerous other galleries and universities. His art has been published in many books, journals, catalogs and on magazine covers, reviewed by major art critics in various publications including Art New England and the Boston Globe, and Alan has been a juror for several cultural organizations.

Aristide Joseph Bonaventure Maillol was an internationally renowned French painter, sculptor and printmaker. While he was best known for monumental statues depicting the female nude figure, he started out as a painter, became a tapestry designer, and later produced woodcut illustrations, often based on the works of early poets such as Virgil. He died in 1944 at the age of 83.

Other prints and multiples on display are chosen from among the following highly recognizable or renowned artists: Marc Chagall, Mihail Chemyakin, Salvador Dali, Honore Daumier, Albrecht Durer, Harutune Hovhanesian, William Hogarth, Carol Travers Lummus, Adrienne Der Marderosian, Photographers Sandor Bodo, Stephan Brigidi, William Daby, Virginia Delgado, Otto Lindstead, Judith Klien, David DeMelim, Linda DiFrenna, John Hames, Larry Sykes, Salvatore Mancini, Angelo Marinosci, Jr., Howard Schulman and other photographers/artists/printmakers* from the Gallery Z Stable.