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Release: May 28, 1999
Exhibitions at UI Museum of Art will show works from
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two new exhibitions at the University
of Iowa Museum of Art will show works from the Museum's permanent collection.
"Drawing as Document," an exhibition of 22 works on paper, will be on view
in the Works on Paper Gallery June 5-Aug. 22; and "Pop on Paper," an exhibition
of 32 works, will be on view in the Carver Gallery June12-Aug. 22.
"Drawing as Document" will include works by Iowa artist
Grant Wood, two small Renoir pastels, a quickly drawn visual observation on
the back of a menu by Jules Pascin, and preparatory studies for painting and
sculpture by WPA artists John Pusey and Theodore Roszak, among others.
The drawings, many on view for the first time, represent
a wide variety of approaches from the late 19th century to recent times. It
includes drawings that are part of an artist's deliberate preparation for
a major work, including probable studies for murals by Diego Rivera, Ruvino
Tamayo and John Pusey. The initial impulse that leads to a fully developed
artistic concept is seen in large drawings by Grant Wood and Lee Allen. Studies
for formal works are seen in a quick sketch by Le Courbusier and an intricate
composition by Theodore Roszak.
Spontaneous observations of real life are seen in
sketches by Raphael Soyer, Renoir and James Ensor, artists who were keen observers
of people, whether members of their families, a favorite model, or examples
of cafe life. The related field of caricature -- human observation joined
to satire -- is represented by works of Juan Gris and Jules Pascin.
Other drawings stand alone as independent works of
art, as seen in works of Humbert Albrizio, and Ulfert Wilke, founding director
of the UI Museum of Art.
"Pop on Paper" will survey the evolution of Pop Art
with the work of Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Red Grooms, Jasper Johns
and Jim Dine, among many others. A recent acquisition for the museum, Andy
Warhol's "Electric Chair #78," will make its debut as part of the exhibition.
Pop Art began in Great Britain in the mid-century
as a counter movement to Abstract Expressionism. Pop Art's practitioners sought
to free their work from emotional expression by using consumer images and
other depersonalized subjects. First introduced to American audiences at a
1962 Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition entitled "The New Realists," Pop Art
soon took off in America and developed into a movement of its own.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive
in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum
on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus
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