University of New Hampshire Art Gallery
Between Observation and Fiction. Paintings and Works on Paper by James McGarrell
Aspects of Eighteenth-Century Art: Heading toward Revolution
Color, fiction, history and tradition - it's all part of the winter season at the University of New Hampshire Art Gallery. Three new exhibitions - Between Observation and Fiction. Paintings and Works on Paper by James McGarrell, Colorprint U.S.A., and Aspects of Eighteenth-Century Art: Heading toward Revolution -- run Nov. 7 through Dec. 16, 1998. An opening reception is planned for Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., with entertainment by pianist Matt Fogg. The exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.
James McGarrell Exhibition
Between Observation and Fiction: Paintings and Works on Paper by James McCarrell features the internationally respected Vermont artist at his best, according to Craig Hood, UNH associate professor and guest curator of the show, "James McGarrell is one of our most ambitious contemporary artists. He works with complex visual motifs which reflect a fictive world of depth and excitement."
The paintings and works on paper selected for this exhibition will engage viewers and challenge them to consider human form in the dramatic context of McGarrell's art. "His work is pre-eminent among painters working with the figure in complex narrative schemes," says Hood. "I have never seen a work by James McGarrell that isn't a conversation piece."
McGarrell lives in Newbury, VT, with his wife, Ann. His reputation as an artist is established throughout the United States and Europe, with more than 100 one-person shows since 1960. His paintings are in the collections of numerous museums, and he has been honored with several distinguished awards, including Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.
McGarrell also led the graduate painting program at Indiana University for 20 years before teaching at Washington University School of Fine Arts, where he is a professor emeritus.
The McGarrell exhibition is funded in part by the UNH Designated Gifts Fund and Friends of The Art Gallery.
From top to bottom: James McGarrell, Refleted Piano, 1993, monotype and oil pastel, 27 x 30 inches; James McGarrell, Figurines and Big Blue Vase, 1990, monotype, watercolor and oil pastel, 26 x 39 inches; James McGarrell, Plume and Yellow Singer, 1994, monotype, watercolor and oil pastel, 26 x 39 inches
Scott Schnepf, UNH associate professor of art and accomplished printmaker, will represent the state of New Hampshire in Colorprint U.S.A. - a national exhibition featuring original prints by artists from each state in the country.
Right: Siri Beckman, Maine, Approaching Storm, wood engraving
All produced within the past year, the works include examples of lithography, wood cut, etching, screenprint and other techniques used in printmaking. Although image sizes vary, each work is printed on 15-by-20-inch paper. A suite of prints was shipped to each artist, who then arranged for their display within their own state. As a result, the collection will appear simultaneously in 50 museums and galleries coast to coast.
"Colorprint U.S.A. is a celebration of the vitality, variety and portability of the printmaker's art," says Schnepf. "It illustrates the diverse approaches possible in printmaking including the techniques used to produce images and the content of the images themselves."
A program of Landmark Arts: The Galleries of Texas Tech University, Department of Art, Lubbock, Texas, this exhibition is made possible in part through grants from the Helen Jones Foundation and the CH Foundation.
Four UNH art history majors researched and co-curated Aspects of Eighteenth-Century Art: Heading toward Revolution, which incorporates works from private collections and The Art Gallery's permanent collection.
Students Casey Benson, Liam Connelly, Sean Roberts and Tara Mulcahy selected images representing the strong link between traditional and modern art in the 18th century.
Works by Goya, Hogarth and Rowlandson are among those presented. "Through these images we see a transition between symbolic and aristocratic thought associated with the classical tradition of art and the more progressive, market-centered print culture at the end of the century," says Mulcahy. "We also see how political revolution punctuated the shift from one era to another, and how the discovery of new artistic techniques expanded the potential of art."
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