October 07, 2008
St. John’s University will host “Malleable Medium,” an exhibit
featuring the works of Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso, Gauguin, and
Mary Cassatt, among others, in the Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art
Gallery, November 17 through December 17.
These rare prints, on loan from the collection of Theodore R.
Donson, date as far back as the 1500’s, creating a dialogue between
the evolution of the printed medium as it was embraced by each
generation of artists throughout history. Donson believes that a
number of these prints can “approximate the aesthetic appeal of
lifetime impressions.” The exhibition investigates the
intricate and subtle nuances that have made printmaking the
celebrated medium that it is.
This exhibition features the collaborative masterpieces of
Rembrandt, Matisse, Laboureur, Levé, Altdorfer, Gauguin, Bottini,
Picasso, Ostade, Müller, Matisse, Delvaux, Maurin, Truchet, Mary
Cassatt, Braque and Villon. On display are progressive proofs
that demonstrate the subtle variations that occur when artists
experiment with different artistic elements such as papers and
“Malleable Medium” has been assembled as a great teaching tool
to aid in comprehending the complex relationship between artist and
master printmaker,” said Professor Louis DiGena, Chair of the
Department of Fine Arts at St. John’s. “This collection is a
remarkable opportunity for St. John’s students to see how a print
evolves step by step into a final ‘original’ impression.”
In the printmaking process, both artist and printmaker
collaborate to create a masterpiece. The subtle variations
that exist from print to print make each individual piece unique
and distinct in its own right. Over the past 30 years the creative
collaborations between artists and master printmakers have become a
legitimate medium that investigates and highlights the thought
processes that artists engage while creating their work.
November 17 – December 17, 2008
Friday, November 21, 4:30-8 p.m.
Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery
Sun Yat Sen Hall
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
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