The diverse and experimental nature of printmaking has lent itself perfectly to abstraction. Offering an expansive range of outcomes, from crisp, mechanical contours of screenprinting to aquatint’s atmospheric shifts of tone, artists have tested new possibilities and developed innovative techniques, whilst questioning what it means to create these abstract works. Without a direct reference to the natural, visible world, they have instead focused solely on line, color, and shape.

Whilst some artists gravitated toward the reductive extremes of minimal compositions, others achieved intense perceptual effects with complex patterns and bold hues. Printmaking, which offers an expansive range of outcomes have served these artists’ goals with exceptional results.

Drawing on the galleries collection of diverse abstract prints, this exhibition, spanning seventy years, focuses on early abstraction from Europe, Post-War American abstraction and minimalism to contemporary abstract prints synonymous with Op-art. The exhibition presents works from over ten different artists who have defined the field of abstraction from Joan Miró, Josef Albers, Sol LeWitt to Howard Hodgkin, Brice Marden and Bridget Riley.