October 08, 2007

Pierre Bonnard, 'La Revue Blanche,' 1894; color lithograph

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University will present the exhibition, "Three Sides to a Sheet of Paper: How Prints Communicate, Represent, and Transform (1482-2002)," Oct. 19 through Dec. 4 in the main gallery.

The exhibition, curated by Timothy Riggs, is organized and circulated by the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

An opening reception will be held Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Gallery. Riggs will give the talk, "What is a Reproduction? Looking at Prints and Through Pictures," Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

Understanding the print
"Three Sides to a Sheet of Paper" offers an engaging approach to understanding the print, according to Riggs.

"With more than 80 prints, ranging from the 15th to the 21st century, the exhibition explores how prints communicate, represent, and transform their content in techniques ranging from woodcuts to photomechanical processing," he said.

As multiple images, prints were the first medium of mass communication, diffusing everything from religious instruction and political propaganda to art and fashion. To do this, they had to represent forms, ideas, and often other works of art. But the artists' mastery of the technical requirements of the various print techniques inevitably transformed what they represented, translating images into new languages of line, color, and texture.

Seven centuries
"Prints from seven centuries will be on view in the Samek," said Dan Mills, director of the Samek Art Gallery.

"Rather than being installed historically or chronologically, they will be presented in thematic groups within the themes of Communication, Representation, and Transformation," he said. Additionally, themes including religion, war, portraiture, pop culture, and narrative are among the many themes represented in this fine exhibition. And, of course, many types of print media will be on view."

Riggs states, "Each section includes a broad variety of prints. Some are old and others new. Some were printed in editions of one or two and others were printed in thousands; some were once common but have become rare over the years. Some are the result of painstaking hand craftsmanship and others use complicated photomechanical technologies. What they all share is a visual interest that led someone, years ago or quite recently, to select them for the collection in an art museum."

Hand-made prints
The exhibition includes masters of the "hand-made" print from Dürer and Rembrandt to Picasso, Bearden and Rauschenberg, alongside rare works by less familiar artists, including Lucas van Leyden, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques Callot, Rodolphe Bresdin, and even some works by master artists not typically known for their prints including Bruegel, Raphael, and Rubens.

Others are less obvious examples of the fine art print such as magazine covers or a photomechanical poster, The Sopranos, Fourth Season by Annie Leibovitz.

The Samek Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center. Admission is free. Gallery hours 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. The Gallery is accessible by elevator. For more information about the gallery, call 570-577-3792 or see http://www.bucknell.edu/SamekArtGallery/.

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Posted Oct. 8, 2007