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Homer to Hockney: Master
Drawings from the Collection
November 1, 2006 - January 28,
The McNay Art Museum
featuring over 40 rarely displayed works on paper in its upcoming special
exhibition Homer to Hockney: Master Drawings from the Collection,
on view November 1, 2006 through January 28, 2007. Drawn from the museum's
outstanding collection of modern and contemporary drawings, collages, and
watercolors, the exhibition includes some of Marion Koogler McNay's founding
bequests including Charles Demuth's masterful watercolor From the Kitchen
Garden (1925) as well as treasures by Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, Paul
Klee, Diego Rivera, and John Marin.
"Because of light sensitivity, this is only the second
opportunity to see such a large selection of the McNay's superb collection
of works on paper," explains Lyle Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings.
David Hockney's contemporary drawing Looking at Pictures
(1977) and Ed Ruscha's Fly (1968), both included in the
bequest of the Los Angeles collector Robert H. Halff, will represent the
McNay's growing collection of post-1945 drawings in the exhibition.
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A rare opportunity to see many of the museum's masterpieces
of drawing and watercolor, Homer to Hockney represents strengths of the
McNay's growing collection, from Winslow Homer's subtly powerful Study
for Inside the Bar, Tynemouth, to David Hockney's portrait of
Henry Geldzahler inspired by the drawings of the 19th-century master
J. A. D. Ingres (17801867).
Just as the McNay's print collection complements the Museum's
painting and sculpture collections, so too does its collection of drawings
and watercolors with emphasis on focuses on the key areas of19th- and 20th-century
French and American works, as well as work after 1945.
Among the highlights of the collection are Amedeo Modigliani's
Caryatid, Charles Demuth's From the Kitchen Garden, and an
untitled drawing by Cy Twombly. Recent acquisitions, most notably from the
Estate of Robert H. Halff, have greatly increased the importance of the
McNay's collection of contemporary drawings. Thanks to the Halff Bequest,
the McNay now has two highly significant portraits by Hockney and two rare
and coveted Ed Ruscha gunpowder drawings.
Selected object labels from the exhibition:
- Amedo Modigliani, Caryatid, 1913
- Ink, graphite, and pastel on paper
- 16 _ x 10 _ in.
- Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
- Italian born artist Amedo Modigliani was fascinated with
caryatids -- sculptures of women used as structural supports found in pre-classical,
Eastern Mediterranean architecture. For Modigliani, Cycladic, Phoenician,
Etruscan, and African art represented the purest forms of artistic expression
and he used elements from these distant and ancient sources to revitalize
his own modernist creations. In Caryatid, 1913, Modigliani was inspired
by native masks to create an image with a strong African motif. One of
the best examples of Modigliani's caryatid drawings, this work was the
cover image of the McNay's first publication highlighting the museum's
collection in 1954.
- Charles Demuth, From the Kitchen Garden, 1925
- Watercolor and graphite on paper
- 18 _ x 12 in.
- Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
- One of the masterworks in Marion Koogler McNay's bequest,
Charles Demuth's From the Kitchen Garden, was selected as the signature
image for the Whitney Museum of American Art's retrospective of Demuth's
work in 1987. The work is a combination of delicate graphite lines and
brilliant, highly saturated watercolor.
- David Hockney, Henry, 1968
- Graphite on paper
- Bequest of Robert H. Halff
- British-born artist David Hockney was fascinated with
the graphite portrait drawings of 19th-century French master draftsman,
J. A. D. Ingres. In the portrait of art impresario Henry Geldzahler, Hockey
lavished the same attention to detail to the sitter's face, the most important
part of the portrait, while loosely describing Geldzahler's clothing and
pose. One of the most famous of Hockney's Ingres-inspired drawings, Henry
has been included in several national and international Hockney exhibitions.
- Ed Ruscha, Fly, 1968
- Gunpowder on paper
- Bequest of Robert H. Halff
- The McNay's collection includes two major gunpowder drawings
by American Pop Artist Edward Ruscha. Among the most coveted of contemporary
graphics, this unique work was created by suspending actual gunpowder in
water which was then applied to the paper like watercolor." In Fly,
Ruscha created his trademark play on words by spelling out the word fly
with bits of paper held in place with tiny pushpin, hence flypaper. Ruscha,
like many artists of his generation, had a fascination with common, everyday
objects and the associative power of words.
- Leonardo Drew, Untitled, 1999
- Graphite and asphaltum on paper
- Museum purchase and bequest of Evelyn Halff Ruben, by
- Leonardo Drew is one of the most innovative young American
sculptors working today. The McNay acquired this drawing to complement
its wall-mounted Drew sculpture. Both works reveal Drew's fascination with
the modernist grid and the artist's love of texture and color. In the drawing,
Drew applied layer upon layer of asphaltum -- or tar -- to the paper creating
a deep rich brown color and a three-dimensional surface which relate to
the artist's rusty, found object sculptures.
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TFAO also suggests these DVD or VHS videos:
- David Hockney: Pleasures of the Eye is a 55 minute 1997 video
directed by Gero von Boehm and Beatrice Monti Della Corte from RM Arts
of the Netherlands. In this profile, David Hockney
talks about his philosophy, his life, and his work, which ranges from painting,
drawing, photography, printmaking, and stage design, including his recent
Turandot for the San Francisco Opera. Filmed largely in his California
home, the camera also captures him in his London home and studio, at the
opening of the 1995 major retrospective of his work at the Royal Academy,
and in Munich to view the stage designs and wall paintings of the Pulcinella
motif he created for Eric Satie's Parade.
- Hockney at the Tate Features the art of David Hockney. 55 minutes
(collection of Joslyn Art Museum)
- Hockney: Portrait of an Artist Features the art of David Hockney.
55 minutes (collection of Joslyn Art Museum)
- Portrait of an Artist: David Hockney, the Photographer is a
23-minute video in which painting and photography is discussed by this
British Pop artist now living in California. In recent years Hockney has
become involved with still photography, creating innovative large panoramic
works comprised of many small photos. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)
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