Major exhibition of American works on paper

Stuart Davis. Sand Cove

«Light, Line and Color: American Works on Paper (1765-2005) » is opened at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia through September 4. The exhibition comprises 237 paper-related medium works, and spans the entire history of the USA. «Light, Line and Color» is divided into five sections: «Portraits and Self-Portraits», «Rural Vistas and Urban Spaces», «The Language and Abstraction», «Contemporary Practices» and «The Academic Tradition».

237 pieces were selected by PAFA assistant curator Robert Cozzolino from more than 12,000 pieces of the Academy’s permanent collection of American works on paper. Works on paper were once regarded as utilitarian, minor and done in support of grander art works, but now has become an integral part of the contemporary art world. The event features drawings, watercolors and prints encompassing etchings, lithographs, silk-screens, woodcuts, graphite drawings, collage, pastel, charcoal, chalk, gouache, ink and more exotic media. Highlights of the exhibition include works by Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, Alfred Leslie, Claes Oldenberg, Lenore Tawney, political silkscreen by pop artist William Weege, «Yes Virginia, Happiness is a Warm Gun» (1969), Benjamin West’s compositional study for «Penn’s Treaty with the Indians» from 1771.

To conserve their beauty, these works may be seen in the light of day for a limited time – some haven’t been viewed by the public in decades. By the way, most recent major works on paper Academy’s exhibition took place nearly two decades ago, in 1986.

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