Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
"All Stars: American Sporting Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams" and "Green Bay Replay"
George Bellows and Brett Favre. Winslow Homer and Reggie White. Alex Katz and Dorsey Levens. Strange bedfellows, you say? Not at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau when two sports-theme exhibitions kick off the spring season on February 26, 2000. (left: Alex Katz, The Swimmer, 1974, aquatint/drypoint, 28.5 x 36 inches, Collection of Reba and Dave Williams)
"All Stars: American Sporting Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams" and "Green Bay Replay" offer viewers a front-row seat for the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, and an up-close look at famous sports personalities and amateurs pursuing their athletic pleasures. Both exhibitions continue through April 16, 2000.
"All Stars: American Sporting Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams" is organized by the American Federation of Arts. It is a project of ART ACCESS II, a program of the AFA with major support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. At the Woodson Art Museum, All-Stars is supported in part by a contribution from Eastbay.
Through 66 prints by 52 artists, All-Stars reveals how the rise of leisure time in the late 1800s contributed to the widespread popularity and accessibility of sports - and to American artists looking to this arena for colorful subject matter. America's sports fever continues as a pervasive cultural influence, and printmakers working in the 20th century often turned their attention to the drama and humor inherent in sporting events. The exhibition includes works by artists famous for their depiction of sports, such as George Bellows and Joseph Golinkin, as well as those not usually associated with the subject, such as Alex Katz and Robert Rauschenberg. (right: Elizabeth Olds, Skating, 1941, silkscreen, Collection of Reba and Dave Williams)
More than 30 different sports - ranging from football and badminton to skating, swimming, and rodeo roping - are depicted. Some works impart gentle satire as in Paul Cadmus's mocking of the idle rich in Polo Spill (1938). Others portray darker subjects, such as George Wiggin's Fight Gallery (c. 1935), which depicts spectators' bloodlust at a boxing match.
All-Stars also provides an overview of printmaking techniques - etching, engraving, aquatint, drypoint, wood and linoleum cut, wood engraving, lithography, pochoir, and screenprint. The works reflect many major art styles, including Realism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstraction.
From closer to home comes "Green Bay Replay," 50 color photographs by Daniel Kramer that chronicle the Packers' 1996 season and their run to victory in Super Bowl XXXI. Kramer, son of famed Packers right guard Jerry Kramer, signed on to photograph the team and their fans for Dick Schaap's book, Green Bay Replay. From this larger body of work, he and Woodson Art Museum curator Andrew McGivern selected images that best captured the acclaimed relationship between the Packers and their diehard fans. (left: Dan Kramer, Dorsey Levens, photograph)
Whether in the stands or on the field, Kramer's photographs rekindle memories of the green-and-gold season that marked the Pack's return to glory. Highlights include Brett Favre relishing a completed touchdown pass, Reggie White - the Minister of Defense - leading players in prayer, and Robert Brooks executing a perfect Lambeau Leap. Legendary team members from the Vince Lombardi-era also were in New Orleans to see the Packers claim another Super Bowl triumph - and to celebrate with fans and players alike. (right: Dan Kramer, Adam Timmerman in Mardi Gras Beads, photograph)
Daniel and Jerry Kramer will speak "Side by Side" at the Woodson Art Museum on Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. They'll present an insider's look at the life they each experienced with the Packers - through Jerry's eyes as a player and through Daniel's lens as a photojournalist.
"Green Bay Replay" is organized by the Woodson Art Museum in cooperation with Daniel Kramer and supported by the Community Arts Grant Program of the Wausau Area Community Foundation, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Community Foundation.
Also see our article covering the exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art: All-Stars: American Sporting Prints from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams (9/6/99)
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