Blake Exhibition Opens At The University Of Virginia Art Museum
Saturday, Jan. 26
January 10, 2002--
"Portions of the Eternal World:" Prints by William Blake
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, March 31
WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum
discussion: "Blake, the Book, and the Word as Art"
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 153
special exhibition, "Portions of the Eternal World:" Prints by William
Blake, opens at the University of Virginia Art Museum Saturday,
Jan. 26, and runs through Sunday, March 31.
one of the most original and important English artists of the last
200 years, expressed the Jeffersonian ideal of renewing Eden in
our world through science and sanity. He did so through art, poetry,
and a freedom-loving humane spirituality. "His fusion of art
and poetry in books and prints," notes exhibition curator Stephen
Margulies, "possesses a prophetic power that heralded a new
way of merging human imagination and divine insight." This
exhibition of Blakes powerful black-and-white etchings and
engravings calls attention to the artists belief in the "bounding
line"--- the truest means of delineating what Blake saw as
the ultimate identity of human and spiritual truth.
exhibition, including works mostly on loan from a private foundation,
features "Illustrations of the Book of Job," "Illustrations to Dantes
Divine Comedy," "For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise," and illustrations
for "Night Thoughts" by Edward Young. Also on view is some of Blake's
more commercial work on loan from the Universitys Albert H.
Small Special Collections Library. "This work," says Margulies,
"reminds us that Blake, for all his visionary quality, was
very much an 18th-century artisan who had to work hard
for a living."
discussion, "Blake, the Book, and the Word as Art," will be held
on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 153. Panelists
include: Johanna Drucker, Robertson Professor of Media, U.Va.; Jerome
McGann, John Stewart Bryan University Professor, U.Va.; and Joseph
Visconi, James G. Kenan Professor of English Literature, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and editor of the Blake Archive
University of Virginia Art Museum is open to the public without
charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information
about the exhibit and the University of Virginia Art Museum, visit
the museum web site at www.virginia.edu/artmuseum
or call (434) 924-3592.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298