Museums at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY


Selected American Works on Paper


The Museums at Stony Brook will present drawings, pastels and prints from the collections of two notable museums in the upcoming exhibition "Selected American Works on Paper," opening February 5 and continuing through May 21, 2000.

"American Printmakers, 1920-1945: Selections from the Palmer Museum of Art" highlights the changing directions and experimentation in printmaking beginning in the 1920s, including wood engraving, etching, drypoint, aquatint and lithography. While some young American artists inspired by the Armory Show of 1913 sought to achieve a new sense of space and form in their work, other printmakers remained devoted to a realistic depiction of the "American Scene." During the Depression years, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) established printmaking workshops in many cities across the country. By the mid-1940s printmaking had begun to occupy a more central position in the visual arts in this country, leading to an unprecedented market in the following decades. Works by John Sloan, Thomas Hart Benton and William Gropper, among others, suggest the exploration and discovery that accompanied the development of American printmaking. The industrial landscape, the American metropolis and the folklore and diversity of rural America are displayed in a diverse range of graphic representations.

"Watercolors and Pastels from the Collection of the Telfair Museum of Art" is comprised of an important assemblage of 19th and 20th century works that reveal the range of technical invention in the application of color onto paper. Paper colors in the show are varied, ranging from cream and white to black, demonstrating the dramatic effects the artist can achieve. Prints by William Zorach and Jonas Lie exemplify the immediacy, liquidity and transparency of watercolor. With works by Arthur Bowen Davies, Van Dearing Perrin, William Rickarby and others, the exhibition demonstrates how absorbency, texture, and color are all variables in the composition that become part of the artist's design. (left: Thomas Craig (b. 1908), The Little Church, n.d., 1948.8 body color, watercolor, 14 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia)

The two collections, "American Printmakers, 1920-1945: Selections from the Palmer Museum of Art" and "Watercolors and Pastels from the Collection of the Telfair Museum of Art" are exhibited as part of the Collections Exchange program headquartered at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of the University of Florida. Through this program, museums make available to sister institutions, at cost, highlights of their permanent collections on a reciprocal basis.


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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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