Renée Stout, "Rusted Sign,"2010, oil based monotype with mixed media, 30 x 22”
"In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists," an exhibition derived from a monoprint project initiated by Sam Gilliam, is on display at the Kreeger Museum in DC through February 26. Gilliam invited 19 painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital media and installation artists to join him at the George Mason University School of Art's new print studio where they created several print portfolios. Working together provided an opportunity for interaction and promoted collaboration – which has long been a part of the printmaking tradition. Each artist made a set of five monoprints, one of which was chosen for the show. Artists include bk.iamART.Adams, Akili Ron Anderson, Sondra N. Arkin, Paula Crawford, Sheila Crider, Edgar Endress, Helen Frederick, Claudia Aziza-Gibson Hunter, Sam Gilliam, Susan Goldman, Tom Green, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Walter Kravitz, Gina Lewis, EJ Montgomery, Michael B. Platt and Carol A. Beane, Al Smith, Renee Stout, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Joyce Wellman
In The Washington Post, art critic Kriston Capps reports that, while most of the prints lack dynamic innovation or challenging content, they're certainly lyrical and pleasing. "Gilliam has assembled a number of black Washington artists who were overlooked by the other retrospective shows in town. Perhaps the value of 'In Unison' is that it gets an older generation of artists out of their studios and into a new workshop environment. And the Kreeger Museum lends comfortable context to the show: Kandinsky and Paul Klee, whose paintings hang outside the exhibition, could be the show's patron saints."
"In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists," selected by Sam Gilliam, Judy A. Greenberg, Marsha Mateyka, Claudia Rousseau. The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC. Through February 26, 2011.