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“Roads Taken: 20th-Century Prints And Drawings From The Collection” Opens At U.Va. Art Museum Aug. 16

July 31, 2003--

WHAT: “Roads Taken: 20th-Century Prints and Drawings from the Collection”
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 16 – Sunday, Oct. 5
WHERE: U.Va. Art Museum, 155 Rugby Road

WHAT: Gallery Talk by Suzanne Foley, curator of Collections and
Exhibitions
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.
WHERE: U.Va. Art Museum

“Roads Taken: 20th-Century Prints and Drawings from the Collection,” a selection of work on paper from the University of Virginia Art Museum’s print and drawing collections, opens Saturday, Aug 16. The exhibition reflects the diverse artistic inclinations of the works’ creators. Over the past 40 years artists have used the processes employed in producing the work to express their aesthetic intents. Whether through Robert Motherwell’s sheer joy of ink gestures on a page or Ellsworth Kelly’s simple outline of a leaf in lithographic crayon, the artists share their pleasures in making art.

The majority of works in the exhibition reflect the artists’ social perspective, such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s collage drawing commenting on salmon fishing, Kara Walker’s “African/American” linocut, and Luis Jimenez’s observation on servitude in “The Mass of Mankind.”

Other artists’ interests reveal a series of explorations. Joe Tilson created contemporary versions of sacred spaces marked by generations of pilgrims on their journey to the Holy Land and documented them in his prints. In Nancy Graves’ hands, geologic maps of lunar orbiter and Apollo landing sites are transformed into abstract lithographs.

Several of the works included in the 20 pieces on view have never been exhibited at the museum and some have rarely been shown.

Also included in the exhibition are works by Chryssa, Jim Dine, John Ferren, Howard Finster, Johnny Friedlaender, Robert Indiana, Sol LeWitt, Tom Marioni, Nathan Oliveira, Alison Saar, Pat Steir and Wayne Thiebaud.

The exhibition was organized by curator Suzanne Foley and reflects her interest in contemporary art and her association with different contemporary artists during her museum career, which began in 1955. Foley joined the U.Va. Art Museum in 1987 and has played a major role in building the museum’s contemporary art collection.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available behind the museum.

For details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.

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Images available for media use are available at: http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/PressReleases/pressimagesroads.html. If you have difficulty downloading images or need another format contact Jean Collier at (434) 924-6323 or jcollier@virginia.edu.

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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