Lori Bookstein Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent monoprints by Willard Boepple. This is
the artist's fourth solo-show with the gallery and the first devoted to his work on paper.
Boepple’s first monoprints, made with the master printer Kip Gresham in Cambridge, England were originally
inspired by the artist’s resin sculptures. Layered shapes derived directly from the sculpture explored themes
of layering and translucency. Over the last two years, Boepple’s imagery evolved into forms that fold over
themselves, layering on one another, almost like origami. This theme developed a number of different
formats that invite the viewer to draw associations to quotidian objects such as Band-Aids, envelopes, and
Once a composition has been established, the artist then “builds them with color” from palettes of vibrant
reds and brilliant oranges to more subdued shades of mossy greens and icy blues. The differences between
these colorations has notably different emotive effects. The depth and dynamism of his palette is further
heightened with overlays of varnish. The contrast between the glossy and matte colors moves certain planes
forward while others recede, so that the viewer’s perceptions of where the forms sit in space remain in flux.
A monograph of the artist by Karen Wilkin, Willard Boepple Sculpture: The Sense of Things, will be published
by Lund Humphries this fall. A concurrent exhibition of the artist’s sculpture will be on view from November
2014 – January 2015.
Willard Boepple was born in Bennington, Vermont in 1945, and grew up in Berkeley, California. He studied at
the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1963), the University of California at Berkeley (1963-64),
RISD (1967) and CUNY City College (1968). After teaching at Bennington College and the School of the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he returned to New York, where he has lived for over thirty years. He has
exhibited widely here and abroad, at galleries including Acquavella, André Emmerich, Tricia Collins and
Broadbent Gallery, London. His work belongs to such noted institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Storm King Art Center and The Fitz William Museum in Cambridge, UK.
Boepple served as chairman of the Triangle Artists' Workshop for twenty years, an artist residency program
which he helped replicate in Africa and the Caribbean.
Willard Boepple: Monoprints will be on view from July 7- August 1, 2014. An opening reception will be held
on Thursday, July 10th, from 6-8 pm. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. For
additional information and/or visual materials, please contact Joseph Bunge at (212) 750-0949 or by email