@ Matthias Mansen
Matthias Mansen: Configurations
July 23 – December 13, 2017
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Matthias Mansen is a contemporary Berlin-based artist (b. 1958) whose work advances the long tradition of woodblock
printing. Mansen masterfully layers printings from multiple blocks, sometimes employing “ghost prints” to achieve
delicate modulations of tonal intensity and texture. Concerned with process nearly as much as final product, Mansen
works on numerous prints simultaneously and progressively carves and recarves his blocks. His projects are best
exhibited in an ensemble, which allows the grammar and rhythms of his repeated cognate arrangements and
consonant forms to become tangible.
The installation is curated by John A. Tyson, Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral curatorial fellow in modern prints and
drawings, National Gallery of Art.