Mr. Salle has created a sequence of seven large scale printed editions of great beauty, gravity, and consequence. These are the artist’s first sustained undertakings in printmaking in twenty-five years, and he has directed all the weight of his prodigious experience to their making.
The project proceeded during five years of continuous studio collaboration, proofing, adjusting, reproofing, and consulting. The artist hand painted sixty additive layers resulting in 570 color separations. The seven lithographs are triumphs of painterly syntax applied to the lithography process; the dynamics, rhythms, shapes, visual rhymes, and wide-ranging historical tributes raise these lithographs to an unprecedented level of achievement.
The ambition behind the new suite is to create prints that rival the artist’s paintings in their presence, scale, nuance and impact. Both painter and printer wanted to explore the limits of the graphic medium. Indeed, the resulting prints are highly layered and sophisticated.
Sarah Kirk Hanley, Art in Print, March-April, 2015
Conceptually, in his approach to painting, Salle is a collagist. He quotes a set of disparate images and layers them, creating both attention to surface and illusions of depth.
Nan Rosenthal, National Gallery of Art
I had the idea that they were pictures of a man looking at a woman looking at a man… His are pictures that posit a man’s consciousness in relation to a woman’s consciousness.
Sherrie Levine, artist