Prints from Gemini G.E.L. in the Collection of Joan Didion
Los Angeles publisher Gemini G.E.L. has produced some of the most desirable editions by 20th century artists and is considered one of the world’s preeminent print publishers. Joan Didion and John Dunne acquired a collection of prints from Gemini with a focus on California artists, including Richard Diebenkorn, Vija Celmins, Sam Francis, Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra. The works in the Didion collection are a reflection of her California roots, and also share an affinity with her spare, reflective style of writing.
Founded in 1966, Gemini is an artist’s workshop and publisher of fine art limited edition prints. Within a year or two of its opening, Gemini became the West Coast destination for creative printmaking, attracting many well-established contemporary artists to its studios to experiment with printmaking techniques. Artists such as Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg made Los Angeles part of their creative circle, forming friendships with Gemini artists Ed Ruscha, Vija Celmins, Sam Francis and Bruce Nauman, and making prints of their own at the studio. Some of the most innovative and technically demanding prints were made at Gemini, including Rauschenberg’s groundbreaking Booster from 1967, and Claes Oldenburg’s iconic Profile Airflow from 1968.
Time & Location
An American Icon: Property from the Collection of Joan Didion on November 16 at 11am