Monday, Aug. 13, 2001
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University’s Anderson Gallery
presents "David Freed, Printmaker," the first comprehensive museum
exhibition of works by this School of the Arts faculty member. The exhibition,
curated by gallery director Ted Potter, runs August 31-October 28. The gallery
is located at 907 1/2 W. Franklin St.
"David Freed, Printmaker," will include more than 100 framed prints
that track seven major themes over four decades. The prints range from those
done in the early 1960s to more political work from later that decade, to
portraits that the artist has made of friends, family and colleagues. His more
abstract work focuses on weather and landscape prints that date from the early
1970s to the present. Freed’s Genesis series, featuring 14 etchings and mixed
media prints that visually paraphrase the stories from the Old Testament, will
also be on display. Additionally, the exhibition will include Freed’s
monotypes, mixed media and photographs.
"David Freed epitomizes the artist/teacher, whose commitment to teaching
excellence enhances rather than limits his ability to make significant
art," said Potter. "This retrospective exhibition is a fitting tribute
to this master printmaker and dedicated teacher."
Freed has produced countless images, primarily in his favorite technique of
etching, which is a form of intaglio printing. An etching is produced on a metal
plate that is put through a process of three
basic steps. First, the artist draws with a point on a previously grounded
plate, or draws directly onto the plate with the ground or varnish. In the
second step the plate is "bitten" by a solution of acid which attacks
the areas that are not protected by the ground. In the final step, ink is
smeared into the hollows left behind by the "biting" process, and
under the intense pressure of printing, the paper is forced into these
"intaglio" parts of the plate and the image is picked up. Freed often
uses many plates to achieve the desired effect.
Since 1966, Freed has been a full-time VCU printmaking professor. Not only
has he taught and mentored hundreds of printmaking students, he has also
continued to produce an extraordinary body of work. His prints can be found in
many individual collections, as well as those of numerous museums and major
Born in Ohio, Freed received his B.F.A. from Miami University and his M.F.A.
from the University of Iowa, where he studied under legendary printmaker
Mauricio Lasansky. Freed has received numerous awards including a Fulbright
Grant for study in London. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions in
Yugoslavia, West Germany, Hong Kong, Italy and England, as well as numerous U.S.
exhibitions. His prints are also housed in 15 American embassies throughout the
The Anderson Gallery will offer a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue,
which will be distributed nationally and internationally by the University of
Washington Press. The publication will feature a statement by Pulitzer Prize
winning poet Charles Wright and an in-depth conversation with Freed. VCU
Libraries’ James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave., will simultaneously
display limited edition prints and artist’s books produced between 1964-1998,
including "What Light Guides This Hand," which was selected as the
library’s millionth volume.
"David Freed, Printmaker" will open at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31. Admission
is free and open to the public. For more information, call (804) 828-1522 or
visit the Anderson Gallery Web site at www.vcu.edu/artweb/gallery.
About VCU and VCU Medical Center
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