November 1, 1961:
The first major survey of the work of Mauricio Lasansky in the New York area may be seen in the retrospective exhibition of the well known artist’s work opening at The Brooklyn Museum on Tuesday, November 14.
The exhibition comprises 36 prints executed in a variety of techniques which will show the influence this artist has had on the most important printmakers in the country today. Borrowed from major museums and from the artist’s collection, the exhibition was organized by The American Federation of Arts under a grant from the Ford Foundation, this retrospective represents part of the Foundation’s Program in the Humanities and the Arts devoted to Increasing the opportunities for the public throughout the United States to view the work of established artists.
Among the earlier works on view are FIGURA, l938; CHNGOS Y BURROS, 1937 and PRESAGIO, 1939. Later works include BODAS DE SANGRE, 1951; ESPANA, 1956 and MY WIFE AND TOMAS, 1959. The works mentioned above have been executed in a variety of printing techniques among which are relief etching on zinc, etching, drypoint, color intaglio and engraving on magnesium with color plate. The catalog states, “He has mastered technique; it has become
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expression in Hayter’s Atelier 17. His Guggenheim Fellowship was renewed in 1944. In 1945 he was appointed Visiting Lecturer for Graphic Arts at the State University of Iowa. In 1946 he became an Assistant Professor at the same University and in 1949 he achieved tenure as a full-fledged Professor. In 1953 he received a second Guggenheim Fellowship for one year in Spain and France. He had become an American citizen in 1952. Professor Lasansky continues to devote much time to the teaching program at the State University of Iowa.
The retrospective exhibition of work by this contemporary master will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum through Sunday December 3. There will be an invitational preview for members of the Museum on Monday, November 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.
November 8, 1961:
Mauricio Lasansky, the noted artist whose retrospective exhibition will open to the public on Tuesday, November 14, is coming here from his home in Iowa to attend the special Monday evening preview of the exhibition.
Among the artists who will attend the five to eight invitational preview for members of the Museum are Gabor Peterdi, Karl Schrag, Feong Moy, Will Barnet and Sue Fuller. The first public showing of three of Lasanky’s latest pictures will be seen in this major survey of his work at The Brooklyn Museum.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1961, 049.