Can “enlightened fingerpainting” restore one’s faith in humanity? I think so. It hit me last night as I listened to our good friend Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Museums of San Francisco.
Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Museums of San Francisco
ICA friends and family, artists and art lovers, collectors and the curious gathered in conversation with Robert to celebrate our annual Monotype Marathon and get in the zone for the upcoming Print Auction. Robert informed us that every mover and shaker in the art world has turned to the monotype for inspiration and rejuvenation. When Degas, Frankenthaler, Oliveira, and Picasso wanted to get or win back freedom, surprise, and magic in their work and life, they found salvation in the monotype. When risk-taking seemed like the thing NOT to do, they all did it – through the monotype process. And the evidence, as shown to us by Robert, was clear.
I traveled our monotype gallery this morning with fresh eyes and saw freedom, surprise, magic, and the thrill of unknown. It’s there on on our walls and I’ve made a commitment to look for it again outside our doors.
Finding inspiration in the monotype
Monotype Marathon Gallery at the ICA. Print Auction, July 18