Roy Lichtenstein, Crying Girl, 1963, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017


In cooperation with the National Museum of Oslo, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart will present exceptional works of American graphic art of the period from 1960 to 1990.

Printmaking had previously served primarily to make religious or political content accessible to a broad public and as an important means communication in other areas as well. In the early twentieth century it was above all the German Expressionists who devoted themselves to this technique quite extensively. Decades later, in the late 1950s, the U.S. then experienced a veritable “graphic boom”.

At this point in time, the most prominent artists of the American avant-garde – exponents of Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge, Pop Art, Minimal Art and other currents – began experimenting and working with a wide variety of printmaking techniques. Publishing companies specializing in printmaking – for example Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in New York, founded by Tatyana Grosman in 1957, or GEMINI G.E.L (Graphic Editions Limited) in Los Angeles, established in 1966 – played a special role, owing above all to the high standards they set for graphic art. Individual sheets, portfolios and artists’ books were produced in great numbers. Especially the Pop artists used printmaking as a means of responding to industrial mass production and the advertising language of the media.




The majority of the artists had already made names for themselves as painters. At the same time – following in the footprints of the pioneers of modern graphic art such as Paul Gaugin, Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso – they employed above all lithography and screen printing, but also other printmaking techniques, to arrive at individual artistic formulations.

The exhibition will feature some 170 sheets offering impressively broad insight into the styles and manifestations of American printmaking and its establishment as an independent art form.


Organized by the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in collaboration with the Nasjonalmuseet Oslo.


Under the patronage of James W. Hermann, III., U.S. Consul General, Frankfurt.



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Exhibition Catalogue

A catalogue is published in German and can be purchased at the Museumsshop for 24,90 € (booktrade 38,00 €)

ISBN 978-3-7913-6707-1




Participating Artists

John Baldessari (* 1931), Lee Bontecou (*1931), Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), Sam Francis (1923-1994), Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), Robert Indiana (*1928), Jasper Johns (*1930), Donald Judd (1928-1994), Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015), Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), Agnes Martin (1912-2004), Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), Bruce Nauman (*1941), Barnett Newman (1905-1970), Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), Ed Ruscha (*1937), Frank Stella (*1936), Richard Serra (*1939), Cy Twombly (1928-2011), Andy Warhol (1928-1987)

Roy Lichtenstein, Sweet Dreams, Baby! (Süße Träume, Baby!), 1965, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Barnett Newman, Canto VII (Gesang VII), 1963, in: 18 Cantos (18 Gesänge), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, Leihgabe der Freunde der Staatsgalerie, © Barnett Newman Foundation/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Andy Warhol, Liz (Liz Taylor), 1964, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Sam Francis, The White Line (Die weiße Linie), 1960, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, © Sam Francis Foundation, California/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Donald Judd, Parallelogramm Print Red (Parallelogramm rot gedruckt), 1961-1963 / 1968-1969, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, © Judd Foundation/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Robert Rauschenberg, Breakthrough II (Durchbruch II), 1965, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/  VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Andy Warhol, Shopping Bag: Campbell's TOMATO SOUP (Boston) (Einkaufstüte: Campbell's Tomatensuppe (Boston), 1966, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung, © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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