Exhibition

Ghost: Elizabeth Peyton

January 28, 2011 - April 18, 2011
Kemper Art Museum

American contemporary artist Elizabeth Peyton is celebrated as one of the most important painters of her generation; during the last two decades she has also created numerous monotypes, lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts. Ghost: Elizabeth Peyton will be the first in-depth exploration of the artist as a critical printmaker. Her works on paper embrace beauty and visual pleasure, and take as their subjects artists such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney, and Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as many of her own artist friends; cultural and historical figures, ranging from rapper Eminem to William Shakespeare; and, more recently, still lifes.

Ghost: Elizabeth Peyton will be presented concurrently at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and the Opelvillen in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The exhibition is curated by Sabine Eckmann, William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator, and Beate Kemfert, curator at the Opelvillen, and will be on view from January 28 through April 18, 2011.

About the Artist

Born in 1965 in Danbury, Conn., Peyton earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1987 from the School of Visual Arts in New York. In the years since, her works have been featured in more than fifty solo exhibitions and dozens of group shows. Her work is included in major public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum, both in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Saint Louis Art Museum; the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Kunstmuseum in Wolfsburg, Germany; and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland. She lives and works in New York.

Exhibition Catalog

A bilingual catalog copublished by the Opelvillen, Rüsselheim and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum with Hatje-Cantz will accompany the exhibition. This first major monograph of Elizabeth Peyton’s prints is an in-depth exploration of the artist as critical printmaker. Featuring more than seventy fullcolor illustrations, the catalog includes essays by Sabine Eckmann and Hilton Als, as well as an interview with Peyton conducted by Beate Kemfert and a text by David Lasry, director of Two Palms Press in New York.

Educator resources

The Museum's Education department connects special exhibitions with students of all levels through specialized tours, curriculum plans, hands-on activities, and more. Download the Educator's Guide for the exhibition for more details.

Exhibition Credit

Support for Ghost: Elizabeth Peyton is provided by James M. Kemper, Jr.; the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation; the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Image Credits

Elizabeth Peyton, Julian, 2006. 55-color handprinted Ukiyo-e woodcut, 17 x 12 7/8". Courtesy of Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York.

Elizabeth Peyton, Robert Mapplethorpe(after Robert Mapplethorpe's Self Portrait with Leather Jacket 1980) (Two), 2006. Monotype on Twinrocker handmade paper, 17 1/2 x 13 1/4". Collection of Joan and David Genser.

Elizabeth Peyton, Flower Ben (One), 2002. Monotype with hand painting on Twinrocker handmade paper, 12 1/4 x 8 3/4". Private collection, New York.

Elizabeth Peyton, Georgia (After Stieglitz, 1918), 2006. Direct gravure etching with aquatint on Hahnemuhle Copperplate Etching paper, 30 x 22”. Edition of 40. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, 2009.