10 West Coast Artists

Roy de Forest, American, 1930–2007
Untitled, from the portfolio 10 West Coast Artists, 1967
Lithograph
Gift of Carl van der Voort
2003.005d
Art © Estate of Roy de Forest
Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

(June 9–August 13, 2011)

10 West Coast Artists is a portfolio of lithographs published in 1967 by an extremely diverse group of artists, many of whom were beginning to receive international attention for their art practice that included painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and filmmaking, all with a decidedly West-Coast flavor. The artists featured inthis portfolio, on view for the first time since its acquisition in 2003, are Keith Boyle, Bruce Conner, Richard Diebenkorn, Roy De Forest, Sidney Gordin, Frank Lobdell, James Melchert, Manuel Neri, Felix Ruvolo, and Peter Voulkos.

This exhibition is the first in a five-part summer series examining portfolios and serial graphic arts projects. Many of these works have never been shown, and all are from the Fine Arts Gallery’s extensive graphic arts collection, which numbers over 3,000 prints and drawings. The series is also a means for illuminating surprising and unusual bodies of work by such prominent artists as Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, Hans Hartung, and Mimmo Paladino.

10 West Coast Artists is being presented in conjunction with Fit to Print: Contemporary Posters from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection currently on view in the Galleries in Cohen Memorial Hall, as well as with Vanderbilt University’s Central Library’s exhibition, The Sixties at 50, onview through August 13. For more information, see: www.vanderbilt.edu/gallery and www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/acorn-chronicle/2011/03/the-sixties-at-50/. 10 West Coast Artists is organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph S. Mella, director.