Artists from across the United States are developing new and expansive uses of paper as an artistic medium. This exhibition features a range of these experimental approaches and highlights the Newark Museum’s ongoing commitment to collecting the work of living artists.
In this installation you can see artists utilizing a range of techniques that include print making, collaging, drawing and painting. Many of the artists here are known for his or her work as a sculptor, and this sensibility comes through in the sculptural quality exhibited in many of these works, through either shaped and molded forms or through practices like embossing, tearing, cutting and layering.
A natural material in itself, paper seems to instinctively lend itself to connect with themes related to nature. Many of the works seen here address issues affecting our environment and humanity’s relationship and impact upon it. Themes of geography and identity intertwine with formal experimentation that together offers us new perspectives on our world.
Artists include Chakaia Booker, Willie Cole, Clinton Hill, Martin Puryear, Alexis Rockman, Shazia Sikander, Kiki Smith and Shoshanna Weinberger.