“Drawn upon a Stone” features 31 works on paper to augment contemporary master prints on view in the touring exhibition, “Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at 50 – Celebrating Excellence in Fine Art Lithography.” Artists include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, John James Audubon, Howard Cook, Francisco Dosamantes, Jody Mussoff, Ismael Vargas and works from the Taller de Gráfica Popular in Mexico.
“Though Picasso and Matisse are perhaps the most recognizable names in this permanent collection show, I think the visitor will discover others they know like J.J. Audubon and Marc Chagall, as well as a few they do not know like Beth Van Hoesen and Alfredo Zalce,” said Museum Director Marilyn Laufer. “What we realize in studying this selection of images is how lithographic printmaking, since its invention, has served such a diverse group of artists working in various styles.”
Laufer said that the Picasso and Matisse prints in the show are examples of their masterful work and that both likely chose to use the lithographic process since it allowed them to fully express their vision.
“These images may not be experimental to the same extent as some of the prints in the Tamarind exhibition, but they are nonetheless wonderful expressions of the possibilities of lithography,” she said.
Laufer said that Alois Senefelder invented lithography in 1798 initially for commercial purposes, like printing sheet music, but the process later became what Laufer described as one of the most versatile of printmaking processes.
“Because lithography allows an artist to create works of art that suggests a wide range of materials and techniques, from graphite or ink drawing to watercolor, its versatility has attracted many different artists to explore its possibilities through the last two centuries,” she said.
The exhibition is on view through Sept. 7, and admission is free courtesy of the museum’s business partners. The galleries and gift shop are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Museum Café hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Group tours may be scheduled in advance with a docent at no charge. For more information, go to the website at www.jcsm.auburn.edu or call (334) 844-1484.
(Contributed by Charlotte Hendrix.)