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Zoltan Sepeshy Remembered

March 29 - May 26, 2002


"Zoltan Sepeshy Remembered," showing March 29 through May 26, 2002 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, brings together a variety of works by Michigan painter Zoltan Sepeshy (1898-1974), who was one of the leading artists in the United States in the mid years of the 20th century and a central figure in the arts scene in Michigan from the 1920s through the 1960s.

Sepeshy had numerous exhibitions in New York commercial galleries, which consistently garnered favorable reviews, and in American museums -- especially in the Midwest. During his life, individuals as well as major institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Arts, avidly collected his work. The Muskegon Museum of Art owns several major works by the artist. (Left: Zoltan Sepeshy (1898-1974), Memories of Home, 1945, tempera on board, Collection of Michael and Ellen Sepeshy)

The artist also was important as a teacher and an administrator. In 1930, he became the painting instructor at Cranbrook. In 1947, after the death of the architect Eliel Saarinen, he became Director of Cranbrook and then in 1957, President, determining the direction of the institution until he retired in 1966.

Zoltan Sepeshy's art exemplifies the changing direction and concerns of American art from the 1920s through the 1950s. The key to understanding his achievement is his belief the common basis for art was its humanity: "art arises from the common needs and aspirations of all men and that compartmentalization is a hindrance to its growth." The exhibition will include paintings, drawings and prints from the collections of the Muskegon Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, the Sheldon Swope, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, as well as works on loan from West Michigan private collections.

"Zoltan Sepeshy Remembered" is sponsored by Warner Norcross & Judd LLP of Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and other West Michigan communities and made possible with the support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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