Outside the Box at the Hammer Museum Showcases Prints by Baldessari, Ruscha, Welling and Others

Dan Graham and John Baldessari

Artists Dan Graham and John Baldessari in Edition Jacob Samuel studio. | Photo: Hammer Museum

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A current exhibit at UCLA’s Hammer Museum showcases an archive of prints by LA-based publisher Edition Jacob Samuel. Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2010 exhibits more than 550 works on paper by 42 artists, including Chouinard alumni John Baldessari (Chouinard 59) and Ed Ruscha (Chouinard 56) as well as CalArts alumnus James Welling (BFA 72, MFA 74).

Jacob Samuel was known in the 1970s and 1980s as one of the few intaglio printmakers in Los Angeles, at a time when most established print studios in the city generally specialized in lithography. For the past two years, the Hammer has been collaborating with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to finalize the acquisition of the collection.

Since 1988, Jacob Samuel has published 43 portfolios, and his archive comprises more than 800 prints created by more than 50 international artists, including Marina Abramovic, John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Mona Hatoum, Rebecca Horn, Anish Kapoor, Barry McGee, Ed Moses, Matthew Monahan, Wangechi Mutu, Gabriel Orozco, Nancy Rubins, Robert Therrien, Christopher Wool, Andrea Zittel and many others. The exhibit features the majority of the work of the archive, including the published portfolios, proofs and other related material.

Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel, 1988-2010
The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Through Aug. 29

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