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William Blake Exhibition Opens At The University Of Virginia Art Museum Saturday, Jan. 26

January 10, 2002--

WHAT: Exhibit: "Portions of the Eternal World:" Prints by William Blake
WHEN:
Saturday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, March 31
WHERE:
University of Virginia Art Museum

WHAT: Panel discussion: "Blake, the Book, and the Word as Art"
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 153

The 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.

Blake, 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 Blake’s powerful black-and-white etchings and engravings calls attention to the artist’s belief in the "bounding line"--- the truest means of delineating what Blake saw as the ultimate identity of human and spiritual truth.

The exhibition, including works mostly on loan from a private foundation, features "Illustrations of the Book of Job," "Illustrations to Dante’s 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 University’s 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."

A panel 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 at U.Va.

The 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.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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