Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Beaumont, TX



Twentieth Century American Drawings from the Arkansas Center Foundation Collection

January 28 - March 26, 2000


The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is pleased to present Twentieth Century American Drawings from the Arkansas Center Foundation Collection, a fascinating exhibition which encompasses a great diversity of drawing styles and techniques, spanning the greater part of the twentieth century of American art. The exhibit will be on view through March 26, 2000. (left: Roy Lichtenstein (1923-), Study for Aviation, 1967, pencil, crayon and collage on paper)

During the almost thirty year tenure of Townsend Wolfe as Director and Chief Curator at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, the core interest of a very active acquisitions program has been on drawings. Some one hundred drawings in this exhibition represent the best of the Arkansas Arts Center's twentieth century drawing collection.

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. Each is a complete, powerful statement typical of the artist's style, technique and subject matter. The fragile nature of the materials evokes a sense of intimacy. Drawing as a form of expression for the artist is the most direct, immediate and intimate, as the materials require close concentration.

"Drawings are not only objective records, but carry a full train of personal associations which enables me to return in imagination to the places and people they represent and live over my experience. If my murals come to have an enduring life, it will be wholly because their form was directed by drawings made in the heat of direct experience," wrote Thomas Hart Benton.

Among the other one hundred artists represented in the exhibition are Milton Avery, Carolyn Brady, Charles Burchfield, Robert Cottingham, John Steuart Curry, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, William Glackens, Edward Hopper, Lee Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, Reginald Marsh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Charles Sheeler, and Mark Tobey. (right: William Glackens (1870-1938), Beach, Coney Island, c. 1907, illustration crayon, wash and Chinese white on paper)

With the assistance of Smith Kramer, Inc., a fine arts service company located in Kansas City, Missouri, the exhibition will travel to ten museums across the United States over the next two years.

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