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Artifact Spotlight

This spotlighted Smithsonian artifact represents another successful collaboration.

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Naples Museum of Art (Naples, FL)

On loan:  83 works on paper

Loaned by: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Since joining the Smithsonian Affiliations network in 2007, the Naples Museum of Art has hosted three traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and brought sculptures from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to the Naples community. Along with the museum’s stunning permanent collection which includes artists such as Dale Chihuly, bringing exhibitions like American Modernism and The Prints of Sean Scully and now Multiplicity to Naples enhances the museum’s already stunning collection. Take a break from the beach and discover this spectacular museum!

Multiplicity, on view April 6- July 7, 2013, features 83 works from contemporary artists in the museum’s permanent collection. Many of the artists have expanded the idea of multiplicity beyond editions of identical impressions by creating series, sequences, and images that comprise numerous parts. They explore repetition, pairing, and variations on a theme as artistic strategies. The concept of making multiple images from the same matrix has been integral to printmaking ever since the earliest prints were pulled from woodblocks and metal plates in the fifteenth century. Each impression is considered to be an original work of art. Multiplicity is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with support from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowment Fund. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

More information about Multiplicity and other American Art Museum traveling exhibits here.

Images, top to bottom: Ed Ruscha, Western Horizontal, 1986, color lithograph on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tom and Judy Brody, © Ed Ruscha and Castelli, Graphic and Cirrus Editions, Ltd. Chuck Close, Self Portrait, 2000, screenprint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, © 2000 Chuck Close

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