This fall, Galerie Simon Blais presents the work, which it has long collected, of two master printmakers, Betty Goodwin and Antoni Tàpies. Shown in tandem at the gallery for the very first time, the two artists’ artistic paths intersected through their use of certain similar motifs, including that of clothing. This amazing iconographic synchronicity is the pretext for a unique exhibition in which some twenty works will be on view.
In the 1950s,Betty Goodwin developed a practice of “traditional” etching. In the late 1960s, her professor of printmaking, Yves Gaucher, taught her revolutionary techniques, notably soft-ground etching, which enabled her to create her celebrated Vest series.
In the same years, the Catalan painter Antoni Tàpies also began exploring the discipline of etching, and in his turn very quickly developed new printmaking techniques, such as the carborundum process. The prolific Tàpies produced more than 1,200 prints over the course of the following six decades, and in so doing exerted his influence on the practice in the twentieth century.