Gallery view of an exhibition of prints
Tours & Talks

Exhibition Walk-through: Naoko Takahatake on Groove: Artists and Intaglio Prints, 1500 to Now

Director and chief curator of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum, Naoko Takahatake leads a walk-through of the exhibition Groove: Artists and Intaglio Prints, 1500 to Now.

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Naoko Takahatake is director and chief curator of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum. From 2019 to 2023, she oversaw and expanded the GRI's extensive holdings of works on paper from the 15th to the 21st centuries and contributed to the organization of the exhibitions Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics and Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy. Her exhibition “First Came a Friendship”: Sidney B. Felsen and the Artists at Gemini G.E.L. opens at the GRI in February 2024. Previously, Takahatake was Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with a focus on early modern works on paper. In her tenure, she led a project to reorganize the prints and drawings collection and curated exhibitions such as The German Woodcut: Renaissance and Expressionist Revival; Whistler’s Etchings: An Art of Suggestion; Picasso and his Printers; The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L. (with Leslie Jones, in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington); and, notably, The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy (in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington). A specialist in Italian print history of the 16th and 17th centuries, Takahatake has published and lectured widely on such topics as the technical study of printmaking processes, print publishing, collecting, and historiography. Her catalog on Italian chiaroscuro woodcuts, which presented collaborative research with conservators and scientists, received the IFPDA Book Award and was a finalist for the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award in 2019. She is currently an editorial board member of Print Quarterly and the Getty Research Journal. Takahatake has also held curatorial fellowships at the National Gallery of Art, Washington and the British Museum. She earned a BA from Vassar College and MSt and DPhil from the University of Oxford.


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