'Modernist Prints 1900-1955' on exhibit at DPU

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Wassily Kandinsky, Kleine Welten VII 1922 lithograph.

The Richard E. Peeler Art Center at DePauw University will present "Modernist Prints 1900-1955: Selections from the Syracuse University Art Collection," an exhibition organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries.

The exhibition, curated by Domenic Iacono, director of the SUArt Galleries, features 35 original prints, including color screenprints, lithographs, woodcuts, etchings, linocuts and aquatints.

It is on view at the Peeler Center through May 8.

The exhibition examines modernism's eclecticism through European and American prints created in the first half of the 20th century. The images represent many of the important artists of the era, including Picasso, Kandinsky, Georges Rouault and Miro from Europe; and John Marin, Arthur B. Davies and Milton Avery from America.

Since the turn of the century, America and Europe have had a symbiotic relationship toward art. Movements that were born in Europe have been nurtured in the United States and those styles developed here have had a significant impact on artists abroad.

In the years before World War I, avant-garde movements in Europe seemed radical to many Americans but also extremely exciting to others. As the century progressed, movements emerged that borrowed issues, techniques, devices or other attributes from pre-existing styles. That led to a generic "modernist" label for those art forms that did not seem to emerge from a traditional, academic manner.

The artwork in this exhibition, which is free and open to the public, was created by important artists of the era, including Vasily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, and S. W. Hayter from Europe, and the Americans Stuart Davis, Boris Margo and Morris Blackburn. The prints have been chosen to illustrate the multiplicity of graphic art styles that became popular during the period.

The galleries at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center are open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-Peeler Art Cente5 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m., and are closed during university breaks and holidays.

For more information about special events associated with the exhibition or to contact Craig Hadley, persons may 658-6556 or contact him via email at craig-hadley@depauw.edu.

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