Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Fort Wayne, IN
Twentieth Century American Drawings from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation
February 20 - April 18, 1999
From the simple line of a purple crayon in kindergarten to the delicate brush stroke of watercolor, the medium of drawing is inherent to human nature. It gives us an intimate look into the soul of an artist though works that may not have been intended for public view. A single line from an artist pen tells us more about the person than the finished product.
The Arkansas Arts Center's definition of drawing extends from the media of pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, silverpoint to acrylic and oil on paper. During the almost thirty year tenure of Townsend Wolfe as Director and Chief Curator at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, the sole focus of a very active acquisitions program has been on acquiring drawings for the permanent collection.
This collection tells the story of 20th century art in America through drawings. Among the one hundred artists represented in this exhibition are Milton Avery, John Steuart Curry, Helen Frankenthaler, Edward Hopper, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock.
Twentieth Century American Drawings from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection is sponsored by Beckman Lawson LLP, the Foellinger Foundation and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Alliance.
From top to bottom: Charles Sheeler, Study for Crayons I, 1951, tempera on paper, 8 1/4 x 6 inches; Georgia O'Keeffe, Banana Flower #1, 1933, charcoal on paper, 22 x 15 inches; Wayne Thebaud, Three Bar-B-Que Beef, 1970, crayon and watyercolor on paper, 12 3/8 x 22 1/4 inches.
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