Prints Charming

Two concurrent exhibitions at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood showcase both personality and process

The American artist Philip Pearlstein, better known as a painter, took advantage of Graphicstudio to produce one of the largest wood-block prints ever made, a roughly four-foot-by-ten-foot piece called Jerusalem, Kidron Valley (1989), a wonderfully detailed landscape in pale desert colors.

Op artist Richard Anuszkiewicz, on the other hand, stuck to familiar territory with his Graphicstudio piece Translumina -- Spring Hues (1992). It's a two-part, cast-polyurethane relief with a hand-painted grid of ridges in the vibrant colors of classic op.

Dalí and Halsman: Weirdness airborne
Dalí and Halsman: Weirdness airborne


On display through February 18, 954-921-3274
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood

For me the show's big surprise is Brushstroke Chair and Ottoman, a 1987 Roy Lichtenstein piece rarely exhibited outside of Graphicstudio. Forget everything you know about Lichtenstein's trademark cartoon-style paintings and marvel at the sinuous lines of this life-size sculpture, which is made of laminated birch veneer painted with wavy ribbons of blue. It's a fine example of how an atmosphere conducive to experimentation such as Graphicstudio's can inspire artists to unexpected heights.

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