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Rudy Pozzatti: A Printmaker's Odyssey

 

"Rudy Pozzatti: A Printmaker's Odyssey" will be on view at the Indiana University Art Museum through May 5, 2002. This retrospective exhibition will trace the over-fifty-year-long career of Rudy Pozzatti, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Indiana University's Hope School of Fine Arts. A world-famous artist, printmaker, and teacher, who built Indiana University's printmaking program into one of the finest in the country, Pozzatti is a true living legend. Rudy Pozzatti was born in 1925. (left: The Grasshopper, 1953, woodcut on Mulberry paper)

The print titled The Grasshopper, which won first prize at the Northwest Printmakers International Exhibition, brought Pozzatti's work to national attention. Following the exhibition, Pozzatti was contacted by Time magazine about featuring the work in the April 11, 1955, issue -- that was, of course, if Picasso didn't die or remarry. Luckily for Pozzatti, neither event happened. Despite its modest subject matter -- inspired by the huge grasshoppers in Nebraska -- one critic suggested that the insect's legs resemble the spring-loading mechanism of an 8-inch Howitzer, a weapon that Pozzatti was familiar with from his field artillery battalion during WWII. (right: Venetian Domes, 1955, zinc-plate engraving on buff BFK Rives paper)

The image titled Venetian Domes derives its inspiration from Pozzatti's memories and drawings of the domes of San Marco in Venice.

A trip to Portugal, Spain, and Morocco in 1995 resulted in an ambitious series of fifteen small, jewel-like "chapel" windows. Layered like Persian miniatures, they invite careful examination and calm reflection. Chapel Window XV is from the series. (left: Chapel Window XV, 1996, color relief print and collage on paper)

This exhibition has been provided with generous support from the Richard Florsheim Art Fund, the Indiana University Foundation, the Bloomington Area Arts Council, Inc., the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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