Boise Art Museum

Boise, ID



Twentieth Century American Drawings from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection

August 5 - October 27, 1999


Boise Art Museum is pleased to present Twentieth Century American Drawings from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection. This fascinating and diverse exhibition of over 100 artworks by 96 artists, from the Center's internationally renowned collection of works on paper, will be on display August 5 through October 17, 1999. (left: Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), Study for Aviation, 1967, pencil, crayon and collage on paper, 22 x 26 inches; lower right: Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), Study for Man with Ax, c. 1935, pencil on paper, 23 x 18 inches)

Since the early 1970's the Arkansas Arts Center has acquired exceptional drawings in all media, styles and periods. This distinctive selection of works from the Center's collection includes traditional drawings in pencil and pen and ink, as well as watercolor and acrylic. Each work is a complete statement typical of the artist's style, technique and subject matter. Thomas Hart Benton, who is represented in the exhibition, has stated, "Drawings are not only objective records, but carry a full train of personal associations which enables me to return in imagination to the places and people they represent and live over my experience. If my murals come to have an enduring life, it will be wholly because their form was directed by drawings made in the heat of direct experience."

Twentieth Century American Drawings is organized according to several themes: Scenes of New York, Portraits, Nature, The Figure, Painterly Abstraction, Geometric Abstraction and Still Life. Among the artists represented are Milton Avery, Carolyn Brady, Charles Burchfield, Robert Cottingham, Stuart Davis, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Arthur Dove, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, Edward Hopper, Roy Lichtenstein, Reginald Marsh, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Charles Sheeler, Wayne Thiebaud and Mark Tobey.

The BAM presentation is made possible by the generous support of the H.J. Heinz Co. Foundation, Ore-lda Foods, Inc., Lee and Nancy Bondurant, John and Ember Catey, Paul and Charlotte Corddry, Lloyd and Phyllis Cox, Ralph and Bonnie Glover, Pete and Vicki Helming, Kathy Herrick, Don and Diane Masterson, Ed and Jeanne Osborne, Robert and Evelyn Pedersen, Tom and Carol Smith, Greg and Julie Surabian and Wayne and Peggy Thiessen.


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For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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