February 01, 2012

Henri Matisse, Dancer Sleeping on a Couch, 1927, lithograph, The Sandy and John Nesbitt Collection

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University is hosting the exhibition, "The Sandy and John Nesbitt Collection: The Discriminating Eye at Work," through March 29.

The works on display range from the years around 1500 to the late 20th century, from the early German printmakers Master MZ and Albrecht Dürer to the Surrealist Joan Mirò and the American realist artist Fairfield Porter, according to guest curator Christiane Andersson, professor of art history at Bucknell.

"The earliest examples document the beginnings of the medium in early Renaissance Germany, while the latest examples were created only about 40 years ago," said Andersson.

"The greatest masters and most skilled innovators in printmaking, such as Dürer and Rembrandt, are well represented by important works. Conversely, some artists who are not at all known for their prints are included, such as Cézanne and Morisot," she said.

In the first ever comprehensive exhibition of their collection, Bucknell University alumni Sandy and John Nesbitt, Class of '64, made the print collection available to Andersson and 11 of her students for study.

"The students enrolled in my Prints seminar during spring term 2010 chose prints from the Nesbitt collection, studying them closely, researching their historical and art historical contexts and writing wall texts to be displayed next to each object in the exhibition.

"Although the criteria of selection were entirely subjective, based on each student's personal interest, the result is an exhibition that spans nearly the entire history of printmaking in Western art," she said.

Sandy and John Nesbitt will participate in a gallery talk about their collection and this exhibition Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, and is accessible by elevator. Admission to the exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours during the academic year are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekends 1 to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

Contact: Division of Communications

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