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Strategic Ambiguity: The Obscure, Nebulous, and Vague in Symbolist Prints
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Symbolist artists’ employment of ambiguity in choices of subject matter extended to formal strategies that obscure form as well as content. Focusing on the ways artists experimented with print... More > media and explored technical means of suggesting formal ambiguity(i.e. flattening, abstracting, obscuring) both to better match form and content and to push the boundaries of figurative art, this exhibition places Symbolist art in the context of Modernism. Included are prints by artists Odilon Redon, Jan Toorop, Paul Gauguin, Maurice Denis, Édouard Vuillard, Félix Vallotton, Henri Ibels, Pierre Bonnard, Félix Buhot, Pierre Roche, Henri Martin, Armand Point, Maurice Dumont, Jeanne Jacquemin, Georges de Feure, François-Marius Valère Bernard, Carlos Schwabe and others. The exhibition catalogue features essays by the curator, Carmen Vendelin, and La Salle University faculty Siobhan Conaty and Marc Moreau. Edited by Carmen Vendelin. Foreword by LSUAM Director Klare Scarborough.< Less
American Scenes: WPA-Era Prints from the 1930s and 1940s
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The American Scene was a vibrant artistic movement during the WPA era, a period framed by the crash of the stock market in 1929 and the escalation of American involvement in World War II around 1943.... More > To address the crisis of mass unemployment, the U.S. government instituted a series of public works programs which aimed to put Americans back to work. The exhibition catalogue presents an overview of American Scenes produced by WPA-era graphic artists – the major issues facing American artists during this period, the hardships endured and the opportunities gained through creating artworks which were relevant to, and appreciated by, a new audience of average American people. Featuring 47 artworks from La Salle University Art Museum and the WPA Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Department, this catalogue includes scholarly essays, label text and reproductions of all of the artworks included in the exhibition.< Less
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