‘A Lyrical Line: Rembrandt and Others’
SPOKANE, Wash. – In celebration of Gonzaga’s 125th anniversary, the University’s Jundt Art Museum is featuring an exhibition of prints titled “A Lyrical Line: Rembrandt and Others.” The exhibition, curated from Gonzaga’s Permanent Collection, graces the Arcade Gallery through March 16 (2013).
Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn’s prints date back to the mid-1600s and show his skill as a draftsman, capturing the everyday lives of his subjects. A master of numerous genres, he had an impressive output of more than 300 prints, sometimes referencing the work of other artists, using their compositional devices or some innovative use of space. Often he used himself as a model and reworked and recombined figures until he was satisfied. Rembrandt sought to achieve a sketch-like quality even in his finished work. His prints embody the beauty and spirit of mark-making.
Rembrandt’s line character is the foundation for the show; other artists were chosen based on their unique use of line. Sigmund Abeles, an artist whose work focuses on the psychological and expressive aspects of the human figure, is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire after a teaching career of 27 years. His paintings, prints, and sculpture are in collections such as The Chicago Art Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Leonard Baskin, the son of a rabbi, was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and educated at a Jewish religious college, which had a profound effect on his future work. Basin, considered one of the universal artists of the 20th century, was a prolific printmaker, sculptor, watercolorist, writer and illustrator of books ranging from children’s stories to natural history. His prints include woodcuts, lithographs, and etchings. Baskin was a visiting artist at Gonzaga in 1996.
Thomas Hart Benton came from an influential family of politicians and was torn between a career in politics or art. Attending the Art Institute of Chicago and later moving to Paris, Benton would become an artist who was at the forefront of the Regionalist movement. Instantly recognizable, the fluid and sculpted figures in his paintings and prints showed everyday people in scenes from their daily lives.
Born in Pittsburgh, Philip Pearlstein studied at Carnegie Institute of Technology and in 1949 moved to New York with his friend from college, Andy Warhol. His early landscapes foreshadow his treatment of the nude (the genre for which he is recognized) that describe form for its own sake without identity or embellishment. Pearlstein’s work is in 63 museum collections throughout the United States.
Rounding out the exhibit are prints by Jane Dunning Baldwin, Charles Bartlett, Albert Besnard, Danni Pierce, and Camille Pissarro. A free public walk-through with Karen Kaiser, interim director, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 18 (2013).
Continuing in the Jundt Galleries are the two exhibits, “Gift of the Artist” and “Ignatius of Loyola” which run through Dec. 14.
The museum’s exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The museum is closed Sundays and University holidays. For more information, please contact Karen Kaiser, interim director at (509) 313-6613 or via email [Kaiser@gonzaga.edu].