January 16 - April 19, 2015
Curated by Jennifer Farrell
In the spring of 2015, the Fralin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of Lucian Freud's etchings. Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout his career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human form expanded and challenged ideas of what realist art, in particular portraiture, could be. The grandson of Sigmund Freud, Lucian Freud was perhaps best known for his work with oil paint, a material few artists in the postwar period engaged. Yet this exhibition will show that Freud also produced an important body of prints, thus showing the critical place printmaking—etching in particular—held for him throughout his career. In addition to highlighting Freud’s achievements in printmaking, the exhibition will also examine the artist’s powerful and detailed depictions of the human form and the psychological conditions that characterized his oeuvre.
Figures for the Soul
January 16 - April 12, 2015
June 19 - August 16, 2015
Curated by Elizabeth Dwyer, Barringer-Lindner Fellow
Eighteenth-century philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder marveled over Albrecht Dürer, whose figures “…remain in the soul.” Today the inestimable skill of Dürer secures him as the father of German art and the premier artist of the Northern Renaissance. Of his numerous contributions, the greatest rests in the field of graphic arts. His innovative technique elevated the print from craft to art form, an achievement that profoundly inspired future printmakers. Drawing from the Fralin Museum of Art and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, Figures for the Soul presents a two-part series on the old master prints of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) and his celebrated successor, Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617).
A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825
Prints from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
January 30 - June 7, 2015
[Curated by MFAH] Organizing curator at The Fralin Museum by Bruce Boucher, Director
Before the 16th century, images of artists were rare in European art, but from that time onward, they became increasingly common. The impact of biography, a quintessentially Renaissance phenomenon, coincided with an interest in the representation of the individual. Such images included: portraits of artists; self-portraits; scenes depicting artists at work or with their family, friends, models, or patrons; allegories of art; and depictions of the viewing public. This proliferation of portrayals of artists signaled changing perceptions about both artists and art itself. Artists’ work came to be seen less as manual labor and more as an intellectual and creative enterprise, and the social status of artists rose and expanded. Artists represented themselves and their colleagues as gentlemen, craftsmen, scholars, and outsiders. Among the artists featured in this exhibition are Baccio Bandinelli, Van Dyck, Poussin, Rembrandt, Hogarth, and Goya. The selection of prints will be complemented by three painted self-portraits by Dutch artists, which will be on loan from the Leiden Foundation of New York.
What is a Line?
April 24 - August 2, 2015
Curated by Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions with William Auten, Digital Resources Specialist, and Lauren Patton, Docent Coordinator
Whether gestural or restrained, thick or thin, simple or complex, found or created, lines have taken various forms in modern and contemporary art. Inspired by the artist Paul Klee's statement that "a line is a dot that went for a walk," this exhibition, one of the Fralin’s upcoming shows for summer 2015, will examine the diverse ways 20th- and 21st-century artists have used lines—both found and created—in their art.