Taken: 20th Century Prints and Drawings
from the Collection
August 16 - October 5, 2003
Talk by Suzanne Foley
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
Sunday, September 28, 2 pm, In the Museum
selection of works on paper from the Museums print and drawing
collections speaks to many diverse artistic proclivities. Over the
past forty years artists have used art processes to follow their
intents. The sheer joy of ink gestures on a page for Robert Motherwell
or Ellsworth Kellys simple outline of a leaf in lithographic
crayon share their pleasures in making art. The majority of works
in the exhibition speak from the artists social perspective,
like Jaune Quick-to-See Smiths collage drawing commenting
on salmon fishing, Kara Walkers African/American linocut,
and Luis Jimenezs observation on servitude in The Mass
of Mankind. Other artists' interests become series of explorations.
Joe Tilson created contemporary proscinemiimages left behind
by pilgrims and documented them in his prints, while in Nancy Gravess
hands geologic maps of lunar orbiter and Apollo landing sites became
amazing abstract lithographs.
of the works included among the twenty pieces have never been exhibited
here and some have rarely been shown. Also represented in the exhibition
are Chryssa, Jim Dine, John Ferren, Howard Finster, Johnny Friedlaender,
Robert Indiana, Sol LeWitt, Tom Marioni, Nathan Oliveira, Alison
Saar, Pat Steir, and Wayne Thiebaud. The exhibition was organized
by curator Suzanne Foley and pays homage to a long museum career.
Saar (American, born 1956). Snake Man, 1994.
Woodcut and lithograph, 12/20, 28 x 37".
Published by Vinalhaven Press, Vinalhaven, Maine.
Museum Purchase with funds form the FUNd, 1995.2.
Collection University of Virginia Art Museum.
Image © the Artist