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.
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.