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Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints

January 26 - May 4, 2008

 

One of the world's most recognized African-American artists will be celebrated at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in the exhibition, Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints, January 26 - May 4, 2008, in the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing. (right: Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917-2000, General Toussaint L'Ouverture, 1986, Toussaint L'Ouverture series, Color print, 32 x 22 inches. Collection of Alitash Kebede)

"Jacob Lawrence's powerful imagery of world events and themes focusing on a diverse humanity, are supported by a dynamic palette and mesmerizing forms and compositions, which have come to define his place in 20th-century American art," said Dr. Stephen Borys, Ulla R. Searing Curator of Collections at the Ringling Museum.

Comprised of 35 silk-screen prints, the exhibition brings together three important series of limited edition prints called Genesis, Hiroshima and Toussaint L'Ouverture created during the last few decades of Lawrence's life. Lawrence drew from his baptism in the Abyssinian Baptist Church in 1932 to create the works in the Genesis series which focuses on man's creation. The Hiroshima series illustrates the series of everyday events and struggles surrounding the dropping of the atomic bomb in August 1945 in Japan. The Toussaint L'Ouverture series tells the visual story of the Haitian revolution leader's life.

In his graphic work, as in his paintings, Lawrence uses history and his own personal experience to explain human nature. Intense and highly personal, Lawrence attempts to make sense of life's mysteries through colorful and dramatic art.

"His embrace of epic narrative subjects ran counter to the prevailing trends during his life," said Alexandra Libby, Assistant Curator of European Art at the Ringling Museum. "From depictions of civil rights confrontations to scenes of daily life, these images presented a vision of the common struggle toward unity and equality, a universal struggle deeply seated in the depths of the human consciousness."

Lawrence was the first African-American accepted into New York's Museum of Modern Art, thereby setting the standards for African-American artists. According to art scholars who study Lawrence's work, Lawrence is credited for introducing African-American history and culture into the pantheon of art history. (left: Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917-2000, Boy with Kite, 1983, Hiroshima Series, 14 7/8 x 11 _ inches, Screenprint on Somerset paper. Collection of Alitash Kebede)

Born and raised in Harlem, Lawrence took art courses at the Harlem Art Workshop, American Artists School in New York and participated in the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project which provided more than 5,000 jobs for artists and produced more than 225,000 works of art for the American people during the Great Depression.

Theater programs in the Historic Asolo Theater and educational programs for children, adults and families will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition. Admission for theater and educational programs is not included with the price of admission for the exhibition. For more information, visit www.ringling.org.

The exhibition comes from the collection of Alitash Kebede of Los Angeles, Calf. and is organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, Calf. Landau Traveling Exhibitions, since 1967, has presented more that 500 fine art and architecture exhibitions at museums and university galleries throughout the world.

The exhibition is funded, in part, by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Institute Program.

 

(above: Jacob Lawrence, American, 1917-2000, To Preserve Their Freedom, 1988, Silk screen on rag paper, edition 99. Collection of Alitash Kebede)

 

Exhibition Checklist

Jacob Lawrence
"In the beginning all was void."
Genesis Series, 1989-90
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
"And God brought forth the firmament and the waters."
Genesis Series, 1989-90
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
And God said "Let the Earth bring forth the grass, trees, and fruits.'"
Genesis Series, 1989-90
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
"And God created the day and the night and God created and put stars in the sky."
Genesis Series, 1989-90
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
"And God created all the fowls of the air and fishes of the seas."
Genesis Series, 1989-90
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
"And God created all the beasts of the earth."
Genesis Series, 1989-90
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
"And God created man and woman."
Genesis Series, 1989-90
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
"The Creation was done -- and all was well."
Genesis Series, 1989-90
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Portfolio Title Page
Genesis Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Publisher's Information Page
Genesis Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Whatman Print Matt paper
Edition of 50
19 5/8 x 14 3/8 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Playground
Hiroshima Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Street Scene
Hiroshima Series,1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Family
Hiroshima Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
People in the Park
Hiroshima Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Market
Hiroshima Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Man with Birds
Hiroshima Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Boy with Kite
Hiroshima Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Farmers
Hiroshima Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Porfolio Title Page and Poem by Robert Penn Warren
Hiroshima Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
Poem by Robert Penn Warren (cont.)
Hiroshima Series, 1983
Silk screen print on Somerset paper
Edition of 35
12 7/8 x 10 inches
 
Jacob Lawrence
The Birth of Toussaint L 'Ouverture
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1986
Silk screen print on Bainbridge Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 100
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
General Toussaint L 'Ouverture
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1986
Silk screen print on Bainbridge Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 100
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
The Capture
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1987
Silk screen print on Bainbridge Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 120
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
To Preserve Their Freedom
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1988
Silk screen print on Bainbridge Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 99
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
Toussaint at Ennery
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1989
Silk screen print on Bainbridge Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 99
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
The Coachman
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1990
Silk screen print on Bainbridge Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 99
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
Dondon
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1992
Silk screen print on Bainbridge Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 124
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
Contemplation
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1993
Silk screen print on Bainbridge
Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 120
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
St. Marc
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1994
Silk screen print on Rising Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 120
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
Strategy
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1994
Silk screen print on Rising Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 120
 
Jacob Lawrence
The March
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1995
Silk screen print on Rising Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 120
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
Flotilla
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1996
Silk screen print on Rising Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 120
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
Deception
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series, 1997
Silk screen print on Rising Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 125
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
The Burning
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series,1997
Silk screen print on Rising Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 125
32 x 22"
 
Jacob Lawrence
The Opener
Toussaint L"Ouverture Series,1997
Silk screen print on Rising Two Ply Rag paper
Edition of 125
32 x 22"
 
 
4 Additional Works Outside of the Three Series
 
Forward Together, 1997
Silk screen on Rising Two Ply Rag paper
25 _ x 40 1/8 in. (64.8 x 101.9 cm.)
Edition 83/150
Collection of Alitash Kebede, Los Angeles, CA
 
Morning Still Life
Silk screen on Arches 88 paper
29 _ x 22 _ in. (75.5 x 56.5 cm.)
Edition 116/200
Collection of Alitash Kebede, Los Angeles, CA
 
"Workshop" 1972
Lithograph on Rives BFK Paper
27 x 22 in. (68.5 x 55.9 cm.)
Collection of Alitash Kebede, Los Angeles, CA
 
"Builders No. 3" 1974
Silk screen on wove paper
34 x 26 in. (86.3 x 66 cm.)
Collection of Alitash Kebede, Los Angeles, CA

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