America First:" The Prints Of H.C. Westermann Opens At The U.Va.
Art Museum Saturday Jan. 26
January 10, 2002--
"See American First:" The Prints of H.C. Westerman
Jan 26 through Sunday, March 31
America First:" The Prints of H.C. Westermann, the first retrospective
exhibition of the prints of Westermann , a major figure in American
art of the post-World War II period, opens at the University of
Virginia Art Museum on Saturday, Jan. 26, and runs through Sunday,
his career, Westermann avoided the postwar art trends, such as abstraction,
pop art, and minimalism, remaining a truly original artist. Drawing
from a variety of sources, including his service as a Marine in
World War II and the Korean War, Westermanns often autobiographical
prints offer a personal vision of America one that captures
the disillusionment of war, the fascination with Hollywood, and
the anxiety of the nuclear age.
four great print series are featured in the exhibition, including
the lithograph series "See America First" (1968), inspired by a
cross-country road trip, and "The Connecticut Ballroom" (1975-76),
a woodcut portfolio that bears his well-known "Death Ship" imagery.
exhibition graphically demonstrates both the artists working
procedures in developing and executing his prints and the artist's
meticulous craftsmanship. In addition to the prints themselves,
the show includes related drawings and watercolors, printed ephemera,
and wood and linoleum blocks, many of which never have been shown
by The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at The University of
Chicago, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalog.
Frumkin, a well-known art dealer and critic, represented Westermann
during most of his career. He will present the annual Gladys S.
Blizzard Lecture on their professional and personal relationship
on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 153.
Dass, U.Va. McIntire Department of Art professor and artist, will
give a gallery talk on Westermanns works on Sunday, March
3, at 2 p.m. in the museum.
is best known for his whimsical and surrealist constructions. For
those interested in seeing these works, the Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. will present the first posthumous
retrospective of his sculpture Feb. 14 through May 12. The U.Va.
Art Museum is organizing a bus trip to the Hirshhorn; call (434)
243-8874 for details.
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