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Fit to Print

Fit to Print is a group exhibition exploring the use of newspapers in art from the post-war era to the present day. Across three thematic sections - Circuits of Print, Prints as Transposition and Print Interventions - it addresses how artists work with the medium of newsprint as a nexus where the studio, everyday life and current events perennially merge and collide. This exploration is particularly timely in an age when truth in news is fractured and suspect, due to the proliferation of sensationalist stories pitted against traditional sources of journalism.

Fit to print features Lisa Blas, Jennifer Bolande, Chryssa, Laura Fields, Jef Geys, Beatriz Gonzalez, Helena Hernmarck, Rita Maas, Dan Perjovschi, Donna Ruff, Soledad Salame and Paul Thek. The works of these twelve modern and contemporary artists reveal slippages between everyday life and what is depicted and recounted on the printed, published page. In this exhibition, they present visual spaces of rupture as sites for re-inscription, socio-political critique and material transformation. In each artwork, image and language oscillate, stretching notions of time and triggering memories. When someone says "newspaper," a very specific image is conjured in the mind. Every day, we skim or read the news and interpret images simultaneously, as if through automatic bodily function. The artists in Fit to Print redefine the newspaper as we know it. They highlight the urgency and implications of our engagement with the news, asking viewers, "What do you read? What do you retain? What do you share?"

In conjunction with Fit to Print, Lisa Blas has been commissioned to create a site-specific installation for The Print Center's series Windows on Latimer. Conceived in response to our temporary closure due to COVID-19, it utilizes our building's iconic bay window in Center City Philadelphia as an exhibition space, providing safe and easy access to art from the street.

For more information about this exhibition and to see the included works, please visit the external link below.

Relevant research areas: North America, Contemporary

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