Some Stella graphic works

A series of gorgeous, graphic geometric abstraction prints are going on show at London’s Alan Cristea gallery next month.

Ellsworth Kelly, YellowBlack, 1970, Lithograph on Special Arjomari paper, Edition of 75

Source: Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

Ellsworth Kelly, YellowBlack, 1970, Lithograph on Special Arjomari paper, Edition of 75

Among the artists featured in the exhibition is Josef Albers, a founding member of the Bauhaus. His 1974 print portfolio Mitred Squares will be on show, underscoring the artist’s role in innovative ideas in colour theory and his breath-taking dexterity with line.

Josef Albers, Mitered Squares (D), 1976, Portfolio of twelve screenprints on Arches 88 rag mould-made paper

Source: Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea

Josef Albers, Mitered Squares (D), 1976, Portfolio of twelve screenprints on Arches 88 rag mould-made paper

The maze-like print Red Meaner I by Albers’ wife Anni, a textile and graphic designer, is also on display.

Anni Albers, Red Meander I, 1969-70, Screenprint on Mowhawk Superfine Bristol paper, Edition of 50

Source: Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

Anni Albers, Red Meander I, 1969-70, Screenprint on Mowhawk Superfine Bristol paper, Edition of 50

Other highlights include the work of Frank Stella, an icon in the field of minimal, linear works that have an almost industrial, sparse look.

Bridget Riley, And About, 2011, Screenprint, Paper 71.0 x 55.4 cm, Edition of 120.

Source: Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

Bridget Riley, And About, 2011, Screenprint, Paper 71.0 x 55.4 cm, Edition of 120.

The work of op-artist Bridget Riley, meanwhile, is perhaps less easy on the retina, though no less pleasing to the eye. Her monochrome 1965 work Untitled (La Lune en Rodage – Carlo Belloli) is featured in the show, as well as the more colourful 2011 print And, About, providing a beautiful but rather queasy viewing experience.

Ian Davenport, Colorplan Monoprint Green Oxide, 2012, Etched monoprint

Source: Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

Ian Davenport, Colorplan Monoprint Green Oxide, 2012, Etched monoprint

Alan Cristea Gallery says, ‘By virtue of its constituent processes, printmaking offers the possibility to create, manipulate and define a mark or colour in far greater depth and precision than almost any other medium.’

Ellsworth Kelly, Blue Yellow Red, 1990, Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, Edition of 80

Source: Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

Ellsworth Kelly, Blue Yellow Red, 1990, Lithograph on Rives BFK paper, Edition of 80

Linear Abstraction runs from 
11 September – 5 October at the Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 Cork Street, London W1S

Josef Albers, Mitered Squares (H), 1976, Portfolio of twelve screenprints on Arches 88 rag mould-made paper, Edition of 36

Source: Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea

Josef Albers, Mitered Squares (H), 1976, Portfolio of twelve screenprints on Arches 88 rag mould-made paper, Edition of 36

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