Saturday, September 13, 2014

september - benton in black and white

"Personally, I really enjoyed just hearing the curator talk about the Bentons and, for me, looking at them there in the gallery. So many great images." Stephen Pruitt
Wreck of the Ol "97, Benton, 1944
    "Yes I was excited about the range of white to deep blacks and all inbetween that Benton was able to do.  I think other thing that I finally
noticed was this:  that in his most dramatic pieces there was something in the foreground, mid-ground and in the background.  All things happening at once, clear and dramatic.   I noticed his clouds how they reminded me of Asian cloud motifs in their art work and was wondering if he was influenced by them.  I did not think the clouds were Midwestern in appearance but more Asian artistic renditions.  Another thing with Benton that I liked is its basic human nature appeal....not fancy people, not wealthy things, but people struggling to make a life or to deal with the life that has been dealt out to them." Paula Winchester 
Prayer Meeting, Benton, 1949

Benton in Black and White
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"The one big thing that I think should be emphasized is exactly what an original print really is.  There seemed to be some confusion on that issue Thursday night on the part of a participant.  The point is "Original prints are multiple works of art, entirely distinct from drawings, paintings, and sculpture, but fully equivalent in originality." Stephen Pruitt
The Farmer's Daughter, Benton, 1944
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On Marilyn Carbonell's presentation on Benton in the Spencer Art Reference Library:
"The depth of the possible "researchability" that exists out there via the internet. I went the her library yesterday to research the London Times 1785-1860s hoping to find some greater in depth info I wish to find. Can't say I found anything new but was interested to see the original in print on the screen. Also, what I had to learn to operate. The library staff was oh! So patient and kind to me as I struggled with printing my discoveries and then forgetting etc etc. " Paula 

Happy Birthday to Thomas Hart Benton

(Benton images courtesy of Nelson Atkins Museum of Art,, accessed September 13, 2014)

Comments by society members Stephen Pruitt and Paula Winchester
Layout by Karl Marxhausen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

august - member's choice

Three Nudes in the Forest (Drei Akte im Walde): Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938), 1933, woodcut, 35.2 x 50 cm (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City) 
Melencolia I, 1514
 Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)
 Engraving; 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (24 x 18.5 cm) 
"I thought the selections that Lisbeth made were well thought out and interesting.  The early prints that she selected were excellent examples so members could see the growth of techniques and development of print making into the 20th Century." Richard Hamilton 

 Photos by a Print Society member.