BOSI Contemporary is pleased to announce Love in the 21st Century, an exhibition organized by the Estonian Lithography Center and in collaboration with the Consulate General of Estonia in New York, presenting unique lithographic prints created by eleven renowned Estonian contemporary artists: Kadri Alesmaa, Peeter Allik, Toomas Altnurme, Merike Estna, Kadri Kangilaski, Laurentsius, Marko Mäetamm, Mall Nukke, Reiu Tüür, Jaak Visnap, and Jasper Zoova.
The show will consist of eleven prints, each made specifically by the artists to create a “print portfolio.” These types of portfolios incorporate high-quality works and assume the function of popularizing art as well as stress its educational aspects. Graphics as an art form has always held a strong position in the Estonian context, and print portfolios are regarded as prestigious and independent art objects. By compiling such portfolios, the Estonian Lithography Center has taken on a demanding mission to keep the continuity, to find new forms of artistic communications, and to redefine and reposition graphic art. In these prints the artists remain true to the small-scaled format while experimenting and exploring new ideas and techniques in the democratic spirit graphic art is known for.
The first “Estonian Lithography” portfolio dates back to 2003, and has featured established as well as emerging Estonian artists such as, Lady Evi Tihemets and Marko Mäetamm. The current portfolio is the second one brought forth by the Estonian Lithography Centre, this time embracing a personalized interpretation of the theme: Love in the 21st Century. Love like life, is constantly changing. Love is not only the beauty-glorifying pure feeling between two people; love has countless forms and twists. The experience that every generation of people goes through is similar to that of all the previous generations, yet one thing is certain—each person must rediscover what billions before him already have. This exciting portfolio became a small portable exhibition, a mobile art project, which had made its debut appearance at the 1st Baltic Biennale in St. Petersburg, Russia.