In celebration of their 75th year, the Boston Printmakers 2023 North American Print Biennial at Boston University’s 808 Gallery is a spectacular exhibition of the works of 121 contemporary printmakers and a wide variety of styles and techniques. Chosen by juror Elizabeth M. Rudy, the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints at the Harvard Art Museums, the show is cleverly and beautifully curated in the newly renovated 808 Gallery, full of natural light and well- arranged space to interact with the works on display.
An exhibition like this is always exciting, as there is no determined focus, though the curators do group works together that share thematic notes, and it is not defined by one specific printmaking process. The artworks are completely diverse in their size, use of color and dimension.
Folks not familiar with the vast range of printmaking techniques, will wonder at the realism, the contrast and the wide array of materials on display. Luckily, the exhibition catalog, available online, includes a description of all the techniques used by this brilliant collection of artists, enhancing the experience as viewers can look at an image and understand how it was put together.