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Exhibitions Currently Available

Spring 2019

CONTEMPLATING CHARACTER

Portrait Drawings & Oil Sketches

from Jacques-Louis David to Lucian Freud

CONTEMPLATING CHARACTER is continuing its national tour through 2022. Featured are 152 rare portrait drawings and oil sketches, from the late 18th century to contemporary works. A catalog accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition explores the evolution of portraiture from the end of the 18th century until the present. The invention of photography at the end of the 1830s freed creative artists from the necessity of providing mere likeness through their art, to the degree that Paul Delaroche said, “From today, painting is dead.” He was wrong–it simply freed artists from the chore of representation, allowing imagination and creativity to rule, as this exhibition clearly demonstrates.

 

EDGAR DEGAS 

THE PRIVATE IMPRESSIONIST 

Works on Paper by the Artist & His Circle

Although often aloof to strangers, Edgar Degas elicited great reciprocal warmth and loyalty from his family, and as well from a wide circle of friends that included some of the greatest writers and artists of the epoch.

This special exhibition, consists of more than 70 works: 20 drawings;

13 prints; 3 photographs; 2 monotypes; 1 sculpture; and a letter, all by Degas; along with 15 color aquatint facsimiles after Degas’ monotypes commissioned shortly after the artist’s death by his friend and dealer, Ambroise Vollard. A catalog accompanies the exhibition.

In its special focus the exhibition endeavors to illuminate the background, personality, and uniqueness of Edgar Degas the man, as well as presenting his genius as an artist.

Supplementing the works by Degas in the exhibition are a select group of rare works on paper by artists whose friendship he shared, including, Marcellin Desboutin, Hippolyte Flandrin, Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, Alphonse Legros, Gustave Moreau, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Georges Jeanniot, and others.

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ROMARE BEARDEN

ARTIST AS ACTIVIST & VISIONARY

This exhibition presents examples of Romare Bearden’s influences as an artist of social conscience and action. Romare Bearden (1911–1988) recognized as one of the most important visual artists of the 20th Century, countered racial stereotypes with images drawn from history, literature, and the free world of his imagination.


The exhibition, which is drawn from the Romare Bearden Foundation Collection, examines how he agitated for change through images and writing. Included are a diverse collection of original collage, watercolor, limited edition prints, reproductions, and rare archival material, including his magazine covers and editorial cartoons. The exhibition premiered at the new Black History Museum in Richmond, VA, in January, 2016. it will be presented at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN, this coming June thorough December 2019.

 

ALPHONSE MUCHA

MASTER OF ART NOUVEAU

Alphonse Mucha is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the 20th century.

Presented are 75 works including; rare original lithographs and proofs; 1 oil painting; 4 drawings; 1 pastel; and books, posters, portfolios and ephemera. Text panel and extended label copy are provided. A catalog is available.

The exhibition is curated by esteemed art historian, Gabriel Weisberg, Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, who has provided an essay for the exhibition catalogue. The catalogue also includes a contribution from John Mucha, Director of the Mucha Foundation.

 

CHILDHOOD CLASSICS

100 YEARS OF CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION

With over 140 original works included from over 75 books, the exhibition explores the history of children’s books from the turn of the century pen and ink Mother Goose art of Sarah Noble Ives, to the most popular works of today including the digital creations of Mo Willems.


The exhibition features the original art of Dr. Seuss, the iconic Wild Things of Maurice Sendak and the perennial heroism of Garth Williams’ Stuart Little. Among the many classic illustrators featured are Rosemary Wells, Richard Scarry, Chris Van Allsburg and Hilary Knight. Fondly remembered characters of literature include Babar, Eloise, Madeline, the Cat in the Hat and Dick & Jane.

 

A JOURNEY INTO

IMAGIMATION

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF ANIMATION ART

IMAGIMATION celebrates the ongoing 100 plus year history of original rare animation production artwork since the creation of this magical art form. The exhibition presents 137 objects - original cels, drawings and models which feature the full range of animation techniques, from the ground breaking traditional animation of Gertie the Dinosaur created by American, Winsor McCay, in 1914, through to today’s many digitally supported animation productions and applications. 

This exhibition has been collated from the vast 29,000+ piece original international animation art collection preserved over several decades by animation historians and professionals Hal and Nancy Miles, founders of the Animation Hall of Fame.

 

José Guadalupe Posada

Legendary Printmaker of Mexico

José Guadalupe Posada’s images captured all aspects of daily life in Mexico City from 1889-1913, directly inspiring artists like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and over one hundred years later, he continues to impact countless artists creating today’s social movement imagery. Due to the scope of influence and timeless quality of Posada’s work he has been called prophetic and even the father of Mexican printmaking.

A wide representation of Posada’s work, including his famous Day of the Dead calaveras and the artist’s original printing plates, make up this unique and inspiring exhibition. Bringing together nearly sixty of the artist’s most iconic images, this exhibition is remarkable for its inclusion of rarely exhibited printing plates, many signed in the plate by Posada himself. In addition, the exhibition explores the relatively unknown relationship between the artist and Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, one Mexico City’s most popular publishers with whom Posada worked under, and collaborated with, from 1889 until his death in 1913. The exhibition is available for presentation through 2022.

 

1¢ LIFE

by Wallase Ting

Featuring Color Lithographs by

Alechinsky, Appel, Baj, Davie, Dine, Francis, Indiana, Jensen, Jorn, Kaprow, Leslie, Lichtenstein, Mitchell, Kiki O.K., Oldenburg, Saura, Smith,

Ramos, Rauschenberg, Riopelle, Rosenquist, Ting, van Velde,

Warhol and Wesselman

Over 50 important original graphics from the publication, 1¢ LIFE by poet, artist, Wallase Ting are featured in this new traveling exhibition available for circulation to the museum world through 2022. Two complete sets are used to provide an in- depth view of this landmark publication.

Ting’s book went beyond mere words, however. The poet asked notable artists from varied movements to respond to his writings, resulting in masterful color lithographs from the likes of Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Sam Francis (who also edited the book), Robert Rauschenberg, and Roy Lichtenstein, among many others.

In Paris from 1950 to 1958, Ting came under the influence of the avant-garde group CoBrA, notably Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, and Asger Jorn. In 1958 Ting moved to America, where his closest associate was abstract painter Sam Francis. 

Wallase Ting

In 1964, Ting and Francis collaborated on 1¢ Life. It has come to be regarded as one of the greatest artist’s books of the period, a collection of Ting’s stream-of-consciousness poems liberally illustrated with brilliant original lithographs by a total of 28 celebrated artists. This remarkable work is notable for the way in which it mixes the slick Pop Art of Americans like Warhol with the turbulent, painterly, and political art of the CoBrA group.

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JACOB LAWRENCE: 3 SERIES OF PRINTS

GENESIS - TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE - HIROSHIMA

The exhibition features 26 graphic works from three important series of prints done by Jacob Lawrence between 1971-1997. Included are his Hiroshima Series of 8 prints, the Genesis Series of 8 prints and 10 prints from the Toussaint L'Ouverture Series, Also included are text panels with an introductory exhibition essay, a chronology, and photos of the artist.

The exhibition includes an essay about Lawrence and his printmaking by Peter Nesbett. Nesbett is the Editor of Jacob Lawrence: The Complete Prints (1963-2000) / The Catalogue Raisonne.

Since his first published print in 1963 Jacob Lawrence has produced a body of prints that is both highly dramatic and intensely personal. In his graphic work, as in his paintings, Lawrence has turned to the lessons of history and to his own experience. From depictions of civil rights confrontations to scenes of daily life, these images present a vision of a common struggle toward unity and equality, a universal struggle deeply seated in the depths of the human consciousness. 

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THE ART OF

ELIZABETH CATLETT

THE ART OF ELIZABETH CATLETT is now available for scheduling through 2021. The works comes from the collection of artist, educator and author Samella Lewis, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Art History, Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Lewis was a student of Catlett’s in the 1940’s and Catlett became her mentor. The two became lifetime friends.


Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), a sculptor and printmaker, is widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. Her work blended art and social consciousness and confronted the most disturbing injustices against African Americans. She is best known for her work during the 1960s and 70s, when she created politically charged, black expressionistic sculptures and prints.


This exhibition features 30 works - sculptures and graphics by Catlett, plus 5 works by her husband, artist, Francisco Mora, and 5 works by Samella Lewis.

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Peggy Bacon

George Bellows

Lynda Benglis

Ross Bleckner

Alexander Brook

James Brooks

Rudy Burckhardt

Howard Russell Butler 

Henri Cartier-Bresson

John Chamberlain

Chuck Close

Stuart Davis

Elaine de Kooning

Willem de Kooning

Gaines Ruger Donoho 

Max Ernst

Audrey Flack

Jane Freilicher

Adolph Gottlieb

George Grosz

Beatrice Grover

Robert Gwathmey

Childe Hassam

Arthur Turnbill Hill

Jasper Johns

William King

Ibram Lassaw

Michael Lekakis

Roy Lichtenstein

Donald Lipski

Conrad Marca-Relli 

Thomas Moran

Robert Motherwell  

Hans Namuth

Francis Newton 

Alfonso Ossorio

Henry Havelock Pierce 

Jackson Pollock

Fairfield Porter 

Abraham Rattner

Robert Rauschenberg

John Reed 

Larry Rivers 

James Rosenquist 

David Salle 

Miriam Schapiro

Alan Shields 

Moses Soyer

Raphael Soyer 

Saul Steinberg

Hedda Stern 

Strong-Cuevas 

Donald Sultan 

Andy Warhol

Lemuel Maynard Wiles 

Jane Wilson

Robert Rahway Zakanitch

Joe Zucker

Established in 1931, Guild Hall is the primary cultural center on the Eastern End of Long Island. The East End of Long Island is a unique region that has attracted many diversely talented people such as artists, writers, musicians, actors, and directors over the years. They search for and find inspiration in the natural beauty of the landscape, the magnificent light and the endless beaches.

Guild Hall provided East Hampton with an art gallery, a theater and meeting place - the cultural center in the center of culture. Over the years they built a collection of 1900 art objects from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries which includes paintings, sculpture, prints, watercolors, drawings and photographs by internationally renowned artists. In 1973 the museum received the distinction of being accredited by the American Association of Museums.

This exhibition includes 72 works - paintings, sculpture. works on paper, prints and mixed-media drawn from the Guild Hall Collection.

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THE PRINTS OF ROCKWELL KENT

From the Ralf C. Nemec Collection

Renowned for his block print book illustrations, particularly The

Complete Works of William Shakespeare and Moby Dick, Rockwell Kent worked in a variety of media, including oil painting, woodcuts, lithographs, drawings and ceramics.

This exhibition features 50 works by Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) drawn from the Collection of Ralf C. Nemec, the largest assemblage of Rockwell Kent prints in the world.

 

PICASSO

25 YEARS OF EDITION CERAMICS

Presented are a selection of the ceramics created by Picasso in collaboration with George and Suzanne Ramie and the artisans at their Madoura pottery workshop in Vallauris, Southern France, between the years 1947 and 1971. Internationally famed for his paintings, sculpture, and graphics,

The exhibition features 40 ceramic works - plates, vases and pitchers, including 2 original ceramic works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), plus original posters from previous exhibitions and photo murals of Picasso at work at the Madoura pottery.

Pablo Picasso was long intrigued by ceramics. After seeing the works of the Madoura potters at a crafts fair in 1946, he asked Georges and Suzanne Ramie, who operated the studio, to provide him with the opportunity to work with ceramics. From 1947 to 1971 the Ramies set aside space in their studio for Picasso to pot whenever he pleased. In return, Picasso allowed the Ramies to make and sell editions of ceramic pieces he produced at Madoura, and to retain all profits.

The exhibition features an essay and chronology of Picasso by Gerald Nordland, noted author and independent curator, and former Director of the San Francisco Art Museum.

 

THE HARMON & HARRIET KELLEY

COLLECTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART:

WORKS ON PAPER

The seventy works in this exhibition date from the late 1800s to 2002 and represent just a fraction of what is contained in the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of San Antonio, TX, one of the country's major collections of African American art. Esteemed art historian, David Driskell, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland at College Park, calls the Kelley Collection "one of the finest that has been assembled tracing the history of African American art." 

Included in the exhibition are drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, linoleum and color screen prints by such noted artists as Ron Adams, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, John Biggers, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Eldizer Cortor, Margaret Burroughs, and many other outstanding lesser known artists.

 

CHRISTO & JEANNE-CLAUDE

THE TOM GOLDEN COLLECTION 

In 2001 Tom Golden donated his collection of works by renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to the Sonoma County Museum. Golden's personal and professional relationship with the artists began when he met them during the 1974 public hearings for their project "Running Fence" in Sonoma and Marin counties, 1972-1976. Golden went on to manage or assist with a number of the artists' large scale projects. Golden's remarkable collection reflects his friendship with and admiration of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Over 125 original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs lovingly trace their impressive careers. 

 

PAN: 

A GRAPHIC ARTS TIME CAPSULE

OF EUROPE, 1895-1900

PAN, the important German five-volume Art Nouveau periodical, is replete with plates, illustrations, color initials, vignettes and tail-pieces representing a multitude of processes of modern picture reproduction, including original lithographs, etchings, and woodcuts, and other original and near-original processes in black and white or full color.

Included are collection of brilliant graphic works by such French, Dutch, Belgian, German, English, and Swedish artists as Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Signac, and Seurat; Van de Velde; Rops; Kollwitz and Behrens; Nicholson, Rothenstein, and Pennell; and Anders Zorn, among many others. PAN’s literary contributers included such figures as Nietzsche, Novalis, Mallarmé, Maeterlinck, Ibsen, and Verlaine.

 

DAVID HOCKNEY

SIX FAIRY TALES

In 1970 David Hockney and Petersburg Press released Six Fairy Talesa compilation of 39 etchings and the texts of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s fairy tales, including:

  • The Little Sea Hare,
  • Fundevogel,
  • Rapunzel, 
  • The Boy Who Left Home to Learn Fear,  
  • Old Rinkrank,
  • Rumpelstilzchen.

In this exhibition of 39 etchings illustrating the 6 fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hockney has given each fairy tale his own interpretation. Rather than illustrating the stories literally, he has chosen vivid images to encapsulate a mood or detail. The etchings were drawn directly onto copper plates by Hockney between May and November 1969. It was a decade in which etching featured strongly for Hockney. As well as Grimms’ Fairy Tales, he made two other important series: A Rake's Progress (1961-3) and Illustrations for Thirteen Poems for CP Cavafy (1966).

 

FIFTEEN MINUTES:

HOMAGE TO ANDY WARHOL

FIFTEEN MINUTES features silkscreen prints and original recordings, ranging from spoken word to music and sound, created by a diverse roster of artists, writers and performers who knew, worked with, were associated with or were inspired by Andy Warhol. Included are Patti Smith, Ivan Karp, Billy Name, Ultra Violet, Lawrence Weiner, Bob Dylan, Carter Ratcliff, John Giorno, Vincent Fremont, Alexander Heinrici, Brigid Berlin, Christopher Makos, Yura Adams, Nat Finkelstein, Connie Beckley, Susan Breen, Path Soong, and Jeff Gordon.


This exhibition juxtaposes each artist’s 12 x 12 inch (album sized) visual image with an audio work created in homage to Warhol. For instance, Patti Smith’s poem, “Edie,” muses on the life and death of Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgwick. Nat Finkelstein’s screen printed photograph shows Warhol and Dylan in the Factory with one of Warhol’s Elvis paintings in the background. In his song, “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” Dylan critiques the Warholian notion of fame and success. Gordon’s screen print modifies one of Warhol’s Brillo Box sculptures as a visual analogy to his sound piece, which loops excerpts from a Warhol interview and lasts for the proverbial 15 minutes.

 

FORMULATION: ARTICULATION 

SERIGRAPHS BY JOSEF ALBERS

66 works in 39 frames, plus analytical statements culled from Albers' extensive writings and text panels. Josef Albers was one of the 20th Century's most influential and articulate artist/ theorists. Formulation: Articulation is an overview of Albers' lifetime oeuvre. Published in 1972 by Harry N. Abrams, New York, the works were chosen by Albers himself and produced in silk-screen under his supervision by Ives-Sillman. Two text panels are also included: an introduction to and a chronology of Albers by noted author, art historian and independent curator, Gerald Nordland.  This exhibition is an excellent introduction to one of the most influential theories of 20th Century art and is especially well suited for teaching galleries.

 

“VOLCANOS, WRECKS, RIOTS, & NUDES”

EDWARD HAGEDORN (1902-1982)

American Modernist

Edward Hagedorn (American 1902-1982) managed to convey the darkness and upheaval that gripped the country in the depression years, 1925-1935--more forcefully than any of his contemporaries. During his career Hagedorn successfully engaged in a wide variety of modernist styles, including Expressionism and Surrealism, but because of his solitary and eccentric personality there was only limited exposure and recognition of his artistic accomplishments in his lifetime. He attracted the attention of Galka Scheyer, the German emissary in America of the famed Blue Four, who, asked him to become the fifth member of the group, although her offer was refused.

“In his extensive body of graphic work, notable for its intense visual imagination, Hagedorn combined the biting wit of James Ensor (Belgian 1860-1949), the strong design of Felix Vallotton (French 1865-1925), and the fierce humanity of Kathe Kollwitz (German 1867-1945) in some of the most bold, original, and emotionally charged American prints of the 20th Century." - Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus Achenbach Foundation For Graphic Arts Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibition includes 75 works of art and coincides with publication of the first monograph devoted to the artist’s work with essays by leading curators, critics, and art historians. The exhibition premiered in Spring 2016 at the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA and is currently at the Fullerton Art Museum, CSU San Bernadino, CA.

 

RICHMOND BARTHE:

HARLEM RENAISSANCE SCUPLTOR

Richmond Barthé (1901-1989) is recognized as one of the foremost sculptors of his generation. Following his graduation from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1928, Barthé moved to New York and established a studio in Harlem where he became associated with the Harlem Renaissance. He is also known for his many public works. The exhibition is curated by esteemed art historian, Samella Lewis, Ph.D., in conjunction with the publication of her new extensive biography Barthé, His Life In Art.

Included in the exhibition are 30 sculptures plus photomurals of Barthe and his public works. The exhibition tour will begin in the Fall of 2009 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of Arfrican American History, Detroit, MI and will then be available for scheduling beginning in 2010 through 2012. The exhibition is being organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

 

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