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"See America First:" The Prints Of H.C. Westermann Opens At The U.Va. Art Museum Saturday Jan. 26e-mail this to a friend

January 10, 2002--

WHAT: Exhibit: "See American First:" The Prints of H.C. Westerman

WHEN: Saturday, Jan 26 through Sunday, March 31

WHERE: U.Va. Art Museum

"See 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, March 31.

Throughout 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, Westermann’s 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.

Westermann’s 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.

The exhibition graphically demonstrates both the artist’s 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 publicly.

Organized by The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at The University of Chicago, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalog.

Related Events

Allan 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.

Dean Dass, U.Va. McIntire Department of Art professor and artist, will give a gallery talk on Westermann’s works on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. in the museum.

Westermann 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.

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 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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