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Dieu Donné is a leading non-profit cultural institution dedicated to serving established and emerging artists through the collaborative creation of contemporary art using the process of hand papermaking.


Pure Pulp: Contemporary Artists Working in Paper at Dieu Donné

PURE PULP: Contemporary Artists Working in PAper at dieu don


September 8 – October 16, 2016

Opening reception: September 8, 6-8 pm

Exhibition organized by the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. The tour was organized by Dieu Donné, New York.


Pure Pulp brings together a diverse group of sculptures, books, and two-dimensional works created from 2000 to the present by twenty artists who have participated in the prestigious residency programs at Dieu Donné, a papermaking studio in New York City, founded in 1976. The exhibition features a selection of works representing a wide range of achievements that defy expectations of paper’s capacity as an artistic medium. At a time when new media technology such as 3-D printing, high-performance cameras, and digital equipment are increasingly pervasive and affordable, Dieu Donné offers a unique return to traditional materials while applying innovative methods, making handmade paper particularly relevant to contemporary artists working today.

The exhibition highlights the aesthetic experience of the Dieu Donné studio- an unparalleled site of creative exploration and experimentation. Collaborative residencies at Dieu Donné provide emerging and established artists alike with a unique opportunity to create new bodies of work derived from paper pulp. Unfamiliar to this process, resident artists primarily known for their work in sculpture, painting, as well as for their performative and conceptual practices, are paired with Dieu Donné’s studio experts who provide technical guidance and creative feedback. This supportive environment results in surprising and dynamic works of art that push the expectations of paper and open new avenues of artistic discovery.


Artists whose works are included: 
Firelei Báez, Ian Cooper, David Kennedy Cutler, E.V. Day, Melvin Edwards, Natalie Frank, Jane Hammond, Jim Hodges, William Kentridge, Jon Kessler, Glenn Ligon, Suzanne McClelland, Arlene Shechet, Kate Shepherd, Molly Smith, Do Ho Suh, Mary Temple, Richard Tuttle, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and B. Wurtz.

Full exhibition tour organized by Dieu Donné, New York:

Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art
Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
February 6-April 10, 2016

Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking
Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
June 9-August 5, 2016

The Dedalus Foundation
Brooklyn, NY
September 8-October, 16, 2016


IMAGE: Richard Tuttle, The Triumph of Night (detail), 2009, Hand-cast cotton and wire in painted wood box, 14 x 32 1/8 x 6 ¼. Image detail courtesy of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. Photograph by John Bentham.