Exhibitions: National Print Exhibition, 15th Biennial

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    National Print Exhibition, 15th Biennial

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    • November 1965: TWELVE YEARS OF COLLECTING: 1953-1965

      One hundred and fifty prints and drawings selected from gifts and purchases made by the Department of Prints and Drawings over the past twelve years.

      -- Through December 26, 1965

      THE CHRISTMAS PAINTING - "La Sacra Famiglia" by Domenico Puligo (Florentine, 1475-1527)

      The annual Christmas loan comes this year from the Borghese Gallery in Rome. The painting has not been exhibited before in the United States.

      -- December 6, 1965 to January 3, 1966


      For the first time in this country, a major show of the most precious of the minor arts of antiquity - gold jewelry of the Hellenistic Period - is being undertaken. A comprehensive catalog will accompany the exhibition.

      -- January 20, 1966 to March 9, 1966


      A selection of contemporary prints by American artists living in this country will be on view. New methods and materials in the art of printmaking will be revealed in a wide variety of subject matter.

      -- February 1, 1966 to May 29, 1966


      The Museum will present the first retrospective exhibition of this 19th century American artist. Neglected until recently, Hamilton (1819-1878) achieved an unusually loose and luminous style for his time and is often called the “American Turner."

      -- March 29, 1966 to May 22, 1966


      The Garden, containing architectural ornaments from buildings now demolished in the New York City area, will open on the occasion of the Annual Ball.

      -- April 23, 1966


      A private collection of Egyptian, Near Eastern and Greek art.

      -- June 7, 1966 to October 2, 1966

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1965, 023 View Original

    • February 1, 1966: An exhibition of 180 prints in various media opens February 1 at The Brooklyn Museum. Representing contemporary work being done by artists living and working in the United States, the show will remain on view at the Museum through May 29.

      Since their inception nearly twenty years ago, the Museum’s National Print Exhibitions have acted as a barometer for current trends and tastes in graphic art. This year’s display, selected from almost 2000 entries received from nearly every state in the Union, reveals a wide variety of styles, techniques and experimentation.

      In her foreword to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition, Miss Una E. Johnson, Curator of Prints and Drawings, notes: “Major changes have occurred in the vast field of prints since the Museum opened its first national competition in 1947. The most notable changes have been in the physical format of the print itself and in the development of color as an integral part of the graphic composition. Today a print may be the size of a postage stamp or of an ordinary door. It may be conceived in clear, bold colors or in the muted overprinting of many colors. It may also remain in the tradition of the black and white print, but with much bolder forms and stark designs.”

      Most of the prints are intaglio (etching, engraving, drypoint) with lithographs second in number. There are good examples of "op", “pop”, figurative, and abstract work, and a notable selection of low relief or embossed prints. The largest group of entries comes from New York, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Illinois. Also included are graphics by artists working in the United States from Japan, India, China, Europe and South America.

      The exhibition was juried by Miss Johnson who awarded purchase prizes to Will Barnet, Chaim Koppelman, Dean Meeker, Dennis Olsen, Linda Plotkin, and Michael Ponce de Leon. A special purchase award, made available by the Tamarind Lithography Workshop of Los Angeles, California, was given to Garo Z. Antreasian for a colored lithograph.

      Most of the prints in the exhibition may be purchased either directly from the artist or through his dealer. An illustrated catalogue is available for 50 cents.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1966, 019-020 View Original 1 . View Original 2

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