Edward Ruscha (American, b. 1937), High Priority (detail), 1975, pastel on paper, museum purchase funded by Frederick Stimpson and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Museum of South Texas.

Edward Ruscha (American, b. 1937), High Priority (detail), 1975, pastel on paper, museum purchase funded by Frederick Stimpson and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Museum of South Texas.

Contemporary Masters will be on view at the LSU Museum of Art April 7 through July 9, 2017. 

Comprised of the works on paper holdings of the Art Museum of South Texas, Contemporary Masters, brings together work by artists of regional, national, and international importance, with a particular focus on Texas artists. This exhibition, as the title implies, offer works by a number of icons in the art world including Josef Albers, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Judy Chicago, Dale Chihuly, Salvador Dali, Paul Jenkins, Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol, among others. Stylistically, works range from minimalism to realism, pop to op, narrative to symbolism. Techniques represented in the exhibition include drawings in pastel, ink, pencil, crayon, colored pencil, and charcoal; printmaking in the form of serigraphy, lithography, etching, and monoprint; as well as the use of collage and renderings in liquid media such as oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor.  These works on paper are significant works in their own right, but many also offer insight into the value of graphic arts and drawings as preparation for execution of works in other media such as sculpture. Often artists better known for work in other media expanded their oeuvre by working alongside master printers at printmaking studios across the United States such as Tamarind, Brandywine, Gemini, Graphicstudio, Pace, Landfall, and Blackburn.


Artists featured in Contemporary Masters

Josef Albers
Bruno Andrade
Richard Anuskiewicz
Richard Artschwager
Milton Avery
Walter Darby Bannard
Jennifer Bartlett
Leonard Baskin
David Bates
John Biggers
Lee Bontecou
Chris Burden
Alexander Calder
Judy Chicago
Dale Chihuly
Ben L. Culwell
Salvador Dali
Gene Davis
Marylyn Dintenfass
Janet Fish

Vernon Fisher
Roy Fridge
Lilian Garcia-Roig
Adolph Gottlieb
Nancy Graves
Alan Gussow
Hans Hartung
Carl Holty
Dorothy Hood
Benito Huerta
Paul Jenkins
Luis Jimenez
Donald Judd
Sharon Kopriva
Lee Krasner
Sol Lewitt
Jack Levine
Seymour Lipton
Robert Mangold
Conrad Marca-Relli

Mary McCleary
Melissa Miller
Robert Motherwell
Bruce Nauman
Kenneth Noland
Robert Rauschenberg
Susan Rothenberg
Alex Rubio
Greg Rubio
Edward Ruscha
Al Souza
James Surls
Vincent Valdez
Beth Van Hoesen
Kathy Vargas
Theodore Waddell
Andy Warhol
William T. Wiley
Dee Wolff


EXHIBITION SPONSORS

Generous support for this exhibition provided by the Imo Brown Memorial Fund in memory of Heidel Brown and Mary Ann Brown, Louisiana CAT, L. Cary Saurage II Foundation, and Charles Schwing.


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