Gemini G.E.L exhibit to open at the Bendheim Gallery

Ink in the Room will be featured as part of the exhibition.

Ink in the Room will be featured as part of the exhibition.

The Greenwich Arts Council presents Gemini G.E.L., a printwork exhibit, at the Bendheim Sept. 16 to Oct. 24.

Since 1966, Gemini G.E.L. (Graphics Editions Limited) has collaborated on major bodies of printwork with many of Contemporary Art’s most accomplished painters and sculptors.

At Gemini the artists do all of the drawing or carving themselves directly onto the printing element, be it limestone, copper plate, woodblock or otherwise. The artist remains at the workshop until a “RIP” (right to print) is achieved. Once the printing is completed, the artist returns to the workshop to examine and sign the edition. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist, as well as embossed with the unique Gemini chop.

In 1981, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., honored GEMINI with the establishment of a permanent archive. The archive functions as a study center for collectors and scholars, and contains the complete history of the workshop. Included in the archive is one proof from each of the more than 2,100 editions produced, as well as ancillary materials such as shop records and printing elements. An online catalog on view at the National Gallery’s website, Nga.gov/gemini, provides detailed information on the history of the workshop and all the artworks in the Gemini archive.

This exhibition at the Bendheim features more than 60 prints produced over the past two decades by some of the most prominent artists with whom Gemini has collaborated. Many of the works are incredibly complex and involve a number of different print techniques and surfaces. Just one example of this complexity is the work entitled Ink in the Room by British artist David Hockney, which is composed of 23 separate runs of color through the presses to complete the litho-screenprint.

Also represented in the show are John Baldessari, Vija Celmins, Richard Diebenkorn, Frank Gehry, Philip Guston, Ann Hamilton, Michael Heizer, Jasper Johns. Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Murray, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra and Joel Shapiro, among other equally prominent artists.

Available at the exhibition as well will be the limited edition of the volume The Artist Observed by noted photographer Sidney Felsen, who founded Gemini in 1966.

As part of the Gemini project, Felsen photographed the artists while they were working on projects at the workshop studio, which was designed by Frank Gehry. In this unique setting Felsen captures the intimate aspect of the process of the artist creating.

The images in the book are hand-signed by the artists being portrayed and comprise a very special collector’s item.

The Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Council is at 299 Greenwich Avenue. Admission is free and the gallery is handicapped accessible. Hours are Monday to Friday, 10 to 5, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4.

For more information call 203-862-6750 or go to Greenwichartscouncil.org.

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