From our review of “Printed in Providence” atCade Tompkins Projects in Providence:
Over the past generation, numerous major artists have come out of Providence — and Rhode Island School of Design in particular — including Kara Walker, Tavares Strachan and, uh, James Franco. But a common thread among the most nationally prominent artists who have stayed here (the majority of whom also passed through RISD) has been the centrality of printmaking to their art, from Shepard Fairey (who has long since decamped to LA) to the Dirt Palace and Fort Thunder gangs.
Providence printmaking continues to be the primary representative of the city’s art in books from “Street World” (2007) to “Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today” (2009) to the Museum of Modern Art’s “Modern Women” (2010). It’s a printmaking of posters and zines, do-it-yourself art often operating underground, on the streets, outside the usual institutions.
“Printed in Providence,” an ambitious roundup of 21 artists at Cade Tompkins Projects includes that stuff (plus a small selection of the mini-comics and zines sold at Ada Books), but guest curator Lois Harada, who graduated from RISD in 2010 and has worked at the AS220 Printshop, adopts a broader outlook, shifting the focus toward RISD and galleries. And she adds artists from Away, like William Anastasi of New York and Michael Krueger of Kansas City, who have done printing at RISD Editions, a project of RISD’s MFA program which has grad students help master printers produce one or two projects for outside artists each year. Tompkins was involved in getting RISD Editions going in 2006.
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“Printed in Providence,” Cade Tompkins Projects, 198 Hope Street, Providence, Feb. 4 to April 2, 2011.
Pictured at top: Brian Chippendale “Is This What You Need? # 1″ 2010, silkcreen collage on newspaper and wood.