News Release: Arts and Humanities

Jan. 20,  2009

Carlos Museum to Showcase Paper Masterworks

Prints, drawings, and photographs dating from the 19th to the 21st century will be showcased Jan. 24 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The exhibit, in the John Howett Gallery, will include including recent acquisitions to the museum’s works on paper permanent collection.

Outstanding works will include a drawing by Eugène Delacroix and a photograph by 19th century pioneers David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson. Images by 20th century photographers such as Eugène Atget, Paul Strand, and the recently re-discovered rural Arkansas portraitist, Mike Disfarmer, will also be on view. Finally, one of the latest additions to the collection — a working drawing for an unrealized project by Robert Smithson, the eminent land artist best known for the Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake, Utah — will be on display for the first time.

Since works on paper are very fragile and cannot remain on long-term view, this will be a unique opportunity to see the highlights of this collection all together at one time. The exhibition will remain on view through May 17.
 
Margaret Shufeldt, Carlos Museum’s curator of the works on paper collection, said, “There are a few delightful surprises in this exhibition and an opportunity for scholars and laypeople alike to enjoy some of the finest of the museum’s works on paper collection.”
 
Bonnie Speed, Carlos Museum’s director, comments, “Once in a while we are able to highlight the best in our permanent collection from works on paper – this is a singular opportunity for the Atlanta and Emory community to enjoy the exquisite artistry behind printed works from significant figures in history. I have no doubt that this hidden jewel of our permanent collection will draw the positive attention it deserves.”

“This is a singular opportunity for the Atlanta and Emory community

to enjoy the exquisite artistry behind printed works from significant figures in history.”

The works on paper permanent collection

Medieval illuminated manuscripts, woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer, etchings by Piranesi, drawings by Delacroix, and lithographs by Robert Rauschenberg are all to be found in the Carlos Museum's Works on Paper Collection.  There are over 4000 drawings, prints, and photographs in the collection, ranging in date from the thirteenth to the twenty-first century. It is an encyclopedic collection from all fields of European and American art, designed to provide both instruction and delight.

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