GEMINI G.E.L. AT JONI MOISANT WEYL was established in 1984 as the New York gallery exhibiting and representing the publications of the Los Angeles-based artists' workshop, Gemini G.E.L. The gallery shows new editions as they are published, and has mounted many historical survey exhibitions, including A Tribute to Robert Rauschenberg: Prints and Objects; The Private Eye of Philip Guston: The Gemini Editions; Ellsworth Kelly: Diagonals and Panels 1970-1990; Claes Oldenburg: Editions in Two and Three Dimensions 1969-1995; Ken Price: Prints and Ceramics 1970-2005; Frank Stella: Prints from the 1960's & 70's; and Artists at Gemini G.E.L.: In Celebration of Gemini's 25th Anniversary. The gallery began in a by-appointment loft space on Crosby Street, followed by a relocation to West Broadway in the heart of Soho during the years 1990 to 2000. After six years in midtown, in 2007, the gallery moved to 980 Madison, where it remained until July 2011. The February 2012 relocation to 24th Street in Chelsea has allowed for a continuation of the gallery program on a grander scale. It continues to organize special events in conjunction with its exhibitions, including book-signings, “Q & A”'s with the artist and Gemini printers, as well as private docent-led tours through related museum retrospectives. The gallery also participates in a number of local and international art fairs throughout the year and has been a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) for 20 years.
Gemini G.E.L. began in 1966 as an artists' workshop and publisher of hand-printed limited edition lithographs. Responding to the expanding interests of its artists, work began on its first sculpture edition in 1968 with Claes Oldenburg's Profile Airflow, and in 1970, Frank Stella's Pastel Stack was started as the first project in the screenprinting workshop. The etching workshop opened in 1977 and woodcuts were being made by 1980. Since 1966, Gemini has collaborated on major bodies of work with many of Contemporary Art’s most accomplished painters and sculptors.
At Gemini, the artists do all of the drawing or carving themselves directly onto the printing element, be it limestone, copper plate, woodblock or otherwise. The artist stays at the workshop until a "RTP" (Right to Print) is achieved. Edition printing may take several months and each proof in the edition must closely match the approved RTP. Once the printing is completed, the artist returns to the workshop to examine and sign the edition. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist as well as embossed with the Gemini "chop".
In 1981, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. honored Gemini with the establishment of a permanent archive. The archive functions as a study center for collectors and scholars, and contains a complete history of the workshop. Included in the archive is one proof from each of the over 2100 editions produced, as well as ancillary materials such as shop records and printing elements. Three major touring exhibitions with works from the archive have been organized and exhibited by the National Gallery. An online catalogue raisonné, on view at the National Gallery's website (www.nga.gov/gemini), provides detailed information on the history of the workshop and all of the artworks in the Gemini archive.
Books on Gemini G.E.L.
Gemini G.E.L.: Art and Collaboration, author Ruth E. Fine, publishers National Gallery of Art, Washington DC and Abbeville Press, New York. ISBN 0-89659-506-4
Artists at Gemini G.E.L.: Celebrating the 25th Year, author Mark Rosenthal, publisher Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York.
Gemini G.E.L.: Recent Prints and Sculpture, author Charles Ritchie (with an introduction by Ruth E. Fine), publisher National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
The Artist Observed: Photographs by Sidney B. Felsen, with an essay by Constance W. Glenn, publisher Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, NM. ISBN 0-944092-94-2