Into the New
4/6/–7/17/2022

Being Human: From Pollock to Bourgeois

About the Exhibition

American post-1945 art is as unconventional as it is diverse. Starting in the 1960s, artists looked especially to printmaking in their search for new paths – a development that went down in history as the Graphic Boom or Graphic Revolution. The Städel Museum has been collecting contemporary American art on paper since that time. Thanks to ongoing support from the Heinz und Gisela Friederichs-Stiftung as well as the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., the holdings today encompass outstanding works by well-known artists from Jackson Pollock to Louise Bourgeois. From 6 April to 17 July 2022, the Städel Museum is presenting a selection of some 50 prints, drawings, and multiples from this rich collection. They revolve around the state of being human, a theme as old as it is fundamental, and one that preoccupied many artists after World War II. In their art, mimetic representations of the human figure gave way to the abstract-symbolic, the fragment, the imprint, even the void. Human perception and experience seemed disjointed; language as an instrument for describing the world was called into question. The examples on view testify to how artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Bruce Nauman, Jackson Pollock, Larry Rivers, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, and many others developed artistic strategies to negotiate human existence, also their own.

Curator: Dr. Regina Freyberger (Head of Prints and Drawings after 1750, Städel Museum)

The exhibition catalogue is being supported by the Georg und Franziska Speyersche Hochschulstiftung.

Picture: Jackson Pollock, Figure, 1948, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: U. Edelmann

Gallery

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    Jackson Pollock, Figure, 1948

    Jackson Pollock (1912–1956)
    Figure, 1948
    Enamel paint on handmade paper, 785 × 575 mm
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
    © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: U. Edelmann

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    Kiki Smith, Untitled (Hair), 1990

    Kiki Smith (*1954)
    Untitled (Hair), 1990
    Lithography, 915 × 910 mm
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
    © Kiki Smith

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    Jim Dine, Silhouette Black Boots on Brown Paper, 1972

    Jim Dine (*1935)
    Silhouette Black Boots on Brown Paper, 1972
    Lithography on brown paper, 761 × 558 mm
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

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