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No Plan at All | Book Launch, Talk, and Exhibition

In celebration of the book publication No Plan at All: How the Danish Printshop of Niels Borch Jensen Redefined Artists’ Prints for the Contemporary World, BORCH Gallery, Berlin, presents prints from the printmaking studio’s extensive history since 1979.  

Working with artists as varied as Georg Baselitz, Huma Bhabha, Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Per Kirkeby, and Julie Mehretu, the Copenhagen-based print studio has produced prints that enhance and disrupt the traditional understanding of printed images, photography, and film—prints whose existence depends on the printers’ virtuosic technical expertise and on their willingness to try anything.

No Plan at All, published by Hatje Cantz, offers insight into how artists think, how artworks are made, and why they matter to audiences. Niels Borch Jensen’s personal recollections are put into context by art historian and co-author Susan Tallman. Interviews with artists further illuminate the often-opaque processes, decisions and play that lie behind major works of art.

Susan Tallman is a writer, critic and art historian living in Massachusetts and Berlin. She has written extensively on contemporary art, the history of prints, and other aspects of art and culture. A regular contributor to New York Review of Books among other publications, she has authored and co-authored many books. In 2011 she co-founded the journal Art in Print, and served as its Editor-in-Chief until its closure in 2019.

The book is kindly supported by The Beckett Foundation, the Bergia Foundation, Bestles Foundation & New Carlsberg Foundation

The presentation at BORCH Gallery comprises a broad overview of selected prints and outlines the multitude of printmaking techniques. Besides an etching by A.R. Penck from the mid 1980s and prints by Al Taylor and Lewis Baltz—representing some of the first photogravures done at the studio in the mid 1990s—the exhibition will mostly focus on a wide variety of prints from the past ten to fifteen years.

The exhibition presents prints by:
Marina Adams, Mamma Andersson, Lewis Baltz, Georg Baselitz, Huma Bhabha, Iñaki Bonillas, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Kirsten Everberg, Arturo Herrera, Carsten Höller, Asger Jorn, Clay Ketter, Martin Kippenberger, Per Kirkeby, Ragnar Kjartansson, Eva Löfdahl, Robert McNally, Wardell Milan, Virginia Overton, Tal R, Matt Saunders, Thomas Scheibitz, Jan Svenungsson, Trine Søndergaard, Fiona Tan, Al Taylor, Rosemarie Trockel, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Danh Vo, Stanley Whitney, Troels Wörsel, Thomas Zipp, and John Zurier.

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Learn more about Marina Adams, Mamma Andersson, Lewis Baltz, Georg Baselitz, Huma Bhabha, Iñaki Bonillas, Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Kirsten Everberg, Arturo Herrera, Carsten Höller, Asger Jorn, Clay Ketter, Martin Kippenberger, Per Kirkeby, Ragnar Kjartansson, Eva Löfdahl, Robert McNally, Wardell Milan, Virginia Overton, Tal R, Matt Saunders, Thomas Scheibitz, Jan Svenungsson, Trine Søndergaard, Fiona Tan, Al Taylor, Rosemarie Trockel, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Danh Vo, Stanley Whitney, Troels Wörsel, Thomas Zipp, John Zurier