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Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings
September 23 - December 31, 2006
A new exhibition at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts looks at the history of America through the art of drawing. Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings opens Saturday, September 23 at the KIA and continues through Sunday, December 31, 2006.
The exhibition is on loan from the Columbus (Georgia) Museum, which owns one of the most important collections of American drawings in the Southeast. Assembled over 25 years, the 144 works that make up Lines of Discovery celebrate the rich history of American drawing and attest to the unique properties of drawing and its status as the most intimate, immediate and versatile art medium.
The drawings -- works on paper in a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, watercolor, gouache, pastel, tempera, ink, monoprint and silverpoint -- represent various styles and techniques by major artists from the late 18th century to the present day.
While most of the artists in the exhibition are classified as painters (John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Robert Motherwell) or sculptors (Isamo Noguchi, Louise Nevelson, Jacques Lipchitz, Theodore Roszak), a study of their work shows they had a solid foundation in drawing.
(above: Mary Cassatt, Sara and her Mother with the Baby (no. 1), c. 1901, pastel on wove paper)
Lines of Discovery is grouped by several major themes.
Lines of Discovery: 225 Years of American Drawings is sponsored at the KIA by National City. The exhibition is free of charge and open during normal gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
(above: Jan Matulka, Jazz, c. 1930s, ink on wove paper)
The KIA also offers a variety of events related to this exhibition:
(above: Thomas Hart Benton, Wilbur Leverett, Galena, Missouri, ca. 1931, ink, sepia wash and pencil on buff-colored wove paper)
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