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Oct. 12, 2004
"Spoon Pier" by Claes Oldenburg
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University will host two exhibits Oct. 29 through Dec. 5.
Located in the main gallery, "The Intimate Collaboration: Twenty-five Years of Teaberry Press," surveys the work produced by this noted San Francisco press during the last quarter century.
"More than 60 intaglio prints by some of America's most distinguished artists, made in collaboration with founder and master printer Timothy Berry, will be included," said Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery.
Noted artists include Christo, who may be familiar for wrapping objects, buildings and even parks in cloth; and Pop Artist Claes Oldenburg, who has been creating monumental sculptures of everyday objects including clothes pins, baseball bats and spoons for decades.
"Closure" by Ed Paschke
Chicago artists include Phyllis Bramson, and Imagists Roger Brown, Jim Nutt and Ed Paschke.
About a recent Paschke exhibit, the Chicago Sun-Times critic Garrett Holg wrote, "Over the years, Paschke increasingly has treated the face like a mask, or adorned it with elaborate tattoos, whose designs now consist of recurring images, like five-pointed stars, a bird head and a Pac Man symbol. Throughout the works he teases viewers with clues to the gender of his subjects by meticulously delineating the shape of lips, an ear, nose, or eye. Never for an instant does he let us forget there is someone inside the bizarre outer skins he's created."
Noted West Coast artists include Ed Ruscha and William Wiley. In addition to Wiley's prints, proofs and a final state — different variations of a printed image created during the print process — one of the copper plates used to create the print will be on view.
"Other art movements and styles represented in `The Intimate Collaboration' include Abstraction, Conceptual Art, figurative art, Photorealism and other representational styles," Mills said.
Exhibition curator Sam Yates, director of the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee states, "Since its beginning, Teaberry has produced high-quality prints that reflect the unique individuality of each artist. With only one other individual present, a master printer, the artists feel free to explore for themselves the numerous technical possibilities of this historic medium. With this freedom of exploration and expert technical consultation, great prints have been created."
"Centaur Pursued" by Max Klinger
Located in the project room, "Max Klinger: The Intermezzi Print Cycle" presents all 11 prints plus a portrait by this Symbolist artist who was widely recognized as one of the more central figures in Germany at the turn of the 20th century.
"Max Klinger was especially celebrated for his print cycles," said Joseph Mella, exhibition co-organizer and director of Vanderbilt University's Fine Arts Gallery. "`Intermezzi' is not an integrated cycle of plates but rather an assemblage of diverse themes. Four plates are of centaurs in landscapes; four others are devoted to the baroque novel `Simplicius Simplicissimus' by H.J.C. von Grimmelshausen."
"Max Klinger, whose forceful imagery affected the work of such Expressionists as Edvard Munch and Käthe Kollwitz as well as the Surrealist Giorgio de Chirico, made a flashy debut in Berlin in 1878 as a young man of 21," notes New York Times critic Grace Glueck.
"Klinger printed `Intermezzi' while in his mid-twenties. Highly naturalistic and absolutely beautifully rendered, even his Symbolist landscape prints that are inhabited by mythic creatures, including centaurs and elves, are convincingly real.
"Together, `The Intimate Collaboration' and `Max Klinger' exhibitions provide an opportunity for the public to view some extraordinary historic and contemporary intaglio prints here in Central/Northeastern Pennsylvania on the Bucknell campus," said Mills.
Admission to the Samek Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 570-577-3792 or check http://www.bucknell.edu/SamekArtGallery
This exhibition year is sponsored by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Association for the Arts of Bucknell University; the departments of art and art history, and East Asian studies; and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.