February 3 - July 19, 2009
Two prints by Jasper Johns are among the recent additions to the AMAM's holdings of important 20th-century art. Johns' monumental lithograph Land's End of 1979, a gift of James (OC '64) and Pamela Elesh, and a colorful untitled silkscreen of 1997, a gift of Douglas Baxter (OC '72), display two different moments in the artist's career. Also on view are a mixed-media assemblage by the sculptor and performance artist John Bock and a colorful 1959 abstract painting by artist Ralph Humphrey, the latter donated by Paul Walter (OC '57).
Lea Grundig's 1935 Playground at Night, showing lovers surreptitiously meeting, complements the works on display in the exhibition "To Make Things Visible": Art in the Shadow of World War I. The print is based on the artist and her husband, who, as a Jew and a Communist, had to meet secretly to escape persecution in the early years of Nazi rule.
A selection of other recent print acquisitions is also on view, including works by the 17th-century Dutch artist Jacob Louÿs and the 18th-century French artists Ange-Laurent de Lalive de Jully, Pierre Subleyras, and Antoine Watteau, including two of only ten original designs Watteau ever etched. The striking Venus Showing Psyche to Amor of 1880 by German artist Max Klinger, a gift of former AMAM director Richard Spear and Athena Tacha, completes this group.
Jasper Johns (American, born 1930)
Land's End, 1979
Gift of Pamela and James (OC 1964) Elesh in honor of Stephanie Wiles