Pure Pulp explores paper in inventive ways

Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking hosts established and emerging artists in papermaking.

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Paper can be a versatile, surprising medium as Pure Pulp: Contemporary Artists Working in Paper at Dieu Donné, a new exhibition at the Robert C. Williams
Museum of Papermaking shows. 

“The only predictable thing about the works in Pure Pulp is the medium,” Museum Director Teri Williams says. “Abstraction, pop art, portraiture, collage, book art — this show has a spectacular piece to demonstrate the possibilities of working in paper.”

The exhibition will show the work of 20 artists as they explore the range and vitality of art making with paper over the course of 40 years at Dieu Donné, the renowned New York City papermaking studio.

Among the artists, you can find established figures like E.V. Day, William Kentridge, Glenn Ligon, Do Ho Suh, and Richard Tuttle and emerging artists such as Firelei Báez, Ian Cooper, and Natalie Frank (shown above). The exhibition was organized by the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College in New York.

“The Paper Museum is thrilled to share this exhibit with the Atlanta community,” Williams says. “The 20 artists in the show have explored a traditional material — paper — with innovative methods and processes. Exhibits like Pure Pulp provide a lens to show that handmade paper continues to be relevant, and inspiring, to artists working today.”

Pure Pulp: Contemporary Artists Working in Paper at Dieu Donné opens on Thurs., June 9, at 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. On display through Fri., Aug. 5.