Comment: Exhibitions of works on paper showcase a wide range of materials and techniques, as well as the creativity and imagination of the artists – 71Bait

As you can see, works on paper encompass a wide range of materials and techniques, but the creativity and imagination of the artists put “the icing on the cake”.

I was flipping through invitations to gallery and museum exhibitions that I had saved and noticed that Philip Slein of the Philip Slein Gallery recently had a large group exhibition of works on paper featuring works of all sizes by nationally known and local artists. The works included both abstract and figurative works.

I started thinking about what types of works would fall into the works on paper category and did a little research.

Brigham Young University used to have an exhibition of works on paper and photography, and the description of the exhibition states: “Of the 18,000 works in the museum collection, most of the works on paper are various forms of prints, drawings, and photographs The collection includes excellent examples by masters of the print medium such as Dürer, Daumier, Rembrandt and famous Japanese woodcut artists.

The Louisiana State Museum has described works on paper in its collection as drawings, prints, newspaper illustrations, paper cutouts, watercolors and pastels, postcards, and posters.

The LewAllen Galleries in Sante Fe, New Mexico recently held an exhibition entitled Fritz Scholder: Works on Paper. Scholder (1937-2005) was a key figure in American art history, credited with reinterpreting the depiction of indigenous peoples in contemporary art. Away from the traditional, romanticized stereotypes previously dominant in American art, Scholder instead applied the pictorial languages ​​of German Expressionism and Pop Art to convey the contemporary reality of indigenous peoples.

The gallery described these works on paper: “This exhibition highlights the wide range of Scholder’s works on paper, including drawings, collages and paintings on paper, as well as examples of his contributions to printmaking in lithography, silkscreen, linocut, monotype, etching and aquatint. His artistic boldness is fully evident in his works on paper, which offered him the opportunity to experiment with subject, composition and processing independently of his painting on canvas.”

The Toledo Museum of Art has one of the best kept secrets. The collection of works on paper includes almost 13,000 prints, drawings, photographs and artist books.

Recently, the Saint Louis Art Museum presented Impressionism and Beyond, an exhibition of post-impressionism on paper. The exhibition focused on the paths to modernism opened up by Impressionism. Artists such as Degas, Cassatt and Renoir also drew in pastels and ink and experimented with lithographs.

In fact, it was the period between about 1885 and 1905 that was most interesting for the exhibition. The museum’s press release states: “Mary Cassatt took color printmaking to new heights through her adaptation of the Japanese aesthetic that was taking Paris by storm in the 1890s, while her Impressionist colleague Edgar Degas sought several avenues for experimentation in print. Degas and other Impressionists also developed inventive drawing styles that enabled them to capture movement and intense color and light effects in their works.

And I found an article about the 2019 PaperWest – 2nd National Works on Paper curation that took place at the University of Utah. The judge, Judith Brodsky, said she was delighted to be a judge and that it was an exciting experience. She explained: “The high quality of the submitted works and the great variety of technology and content were overwhelming at first. The question was how to develop a coherent exhibition from such a diverse group of works. After a while the works fell into groups — woodcut landscapes, surreal collages, a surprising range of mezzotints, some beautiful charcoal drawings, a large number of mixed media and a collection of artists’ books. While many works were based on photographic material, few were purely photographs.

Nancy Kranzberg has been involved in numerous art-related committees for the art scene for more than forty years

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