Marks.Meanings

Drawings and Prints from the Plattsburgh State Art Museum Permanent Collection

June 22, through October 2, 2002
Burke Gallery
Open Daily, Noon to 4pm

Motherwell, Guston, Toby, Moran, Osborn, Dunnill, Hatcher, Fitzgerald, Kent,Durer, Manet, Vlaminck, Cezanne, Hokusai, Mauldin, Marca-Relli, Gottlieb,Beckman, Klee, Ellwood, Scharf, Chauvel, Veddir, Hammons, Bultman, Antonakos, Rossetti, Byrne-Jones, Piranesi, Picasso, Mikkelson, Fine and Cohen.

At what point does the perception of a line turn into a nose? How much of the energy from an artwork comes from the gestures of the artist, the visual reference, or the associations of the viewer? At what point does the truth of art leave its societal references and become an isolated exercise of itself? Art lives somewhere in these “bad lands” —unclaimed territory—open to the brave and adventurous, the charlatan and the tendentions. It is the space between the empirical security of design and the confusion of centrifugal emotions.

This exhibition, selected from the large and varied but not encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings in the Plattsburgh College collection, tries to explore this “no person’s land”. We know as a cognitive game that Phillip Guston rules the plains and Cezanne opened up the territory, and that individually many artists have homesteaded quite easily. We put these works together to see the communicative mark move from one extreme to the other and to see the interesting comparisons as various artists approach the question.

Most of all the variations are here to make us look harder and try to see where the magic comes from.

-Edward R. Brohel, Museum Director

From the Suite of Non-objective Prints, Phillip Guston, 1966, lithograph Launching the Curragh II, James Fitzgerald, c. 1950, sumi-ink on rice paper The Bridge at Chatou, Maurice de Vlaminck, 1910, woodcut From the African Suite, Robert Motherwell, 1975, lithograph
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The Plattsburgh State Art Museum is comprised of over 4,500 works of art, representing numerous regions of the world, from the ancient to the contemporary. Works are displayed within our three main galleries, an outdoor sculpture park and exhibition areas throughout the campus. These facilities produce over twenty-five exhibitions a year of both a national and regional nature. Expanding upon the pluralistic ideal of Andre Malreaux's concept of a "Museum Without Walls," the Plattsburgh State Art Museum has become an open visual art resource for the College and the Champlain Valley/Adirondack Region.


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