Press release: Upcoming exhibition at Saint Louis Art Museum will celebrate ‘A Decade of Collecting’

By | December 10, 2015

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 10, 2015The Saint Louis Art Museum will present A Decade of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, an exhibition celebrating the more than 700 works on paper that the museum has acquired in the last 10 years.

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The free exhibition will include a selection of 62 important gifts and purchases that range from the 15th century to the present and span a variety of themes and genres, including landscape, abstraction and socially engaged portraiture. A Decade of Collecting will be on view in galleries 234 and 235 from Jan. 29 through July 17, 2016.

The material on view includes works of singular quality that augment existing strengths of the collection, such as German prints and social documentary photography. Notable among them are a superb impression of Martin Schongauer’s The Nativity (c. 1471), an engraving that elegantly illustrates this crucial moment from the Christian calendar, and Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (1936)— one of the most iconic images of Depression-era America.

Other highlights include Esaias van de Velde’s early 17th-century Dutch landscape etching, Farm Beyond a Canal (1615); Elizabeth Catlett’s graphic linocut, Sharecropper (1952); Luis Jiménez’s politically charged color print, The Good Shepherd (1999); and Beate Gütschow’s large-scale, digitally manipulated photograph, LS#17 (2003). The Nuremburg Chronicle, one of the monuments of early book illustration, also will be included along with contemporary takes on the book arts, such as Ann Hamilton’s creative assemblage, carriage (2009).

A Decade of Collecting celebrates not only acquisitions of the last decade but also the 10th anniversary of the Museum’s current Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, where students, scholars and members of the public can make appointments for free viewings of more than 14,000 works on paper in the collection.

A Decade of Collecting is curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings and photographs, and Eric Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs with Ann-Maree Walker and Leah Chizek, research assistants.

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