The High Museum of Art is the Southeast’s leading art museum and home to a renowned collection of historical and contemporary art, special exhibitions, and celebrated architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano. Join us for the opening of our brand-new exhibition, The Plot Thickens: Storytelling In European Print Series, this Saturday, February 22nd!
Long before comics and graphic novels, artists used pictures to tell stories. This exhibition presents six series of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts that do just that. The tales told to include the Shakespearean tragedies Hamlet and King Lear, the biblical Parable of the Prodigal Son, and a purely pictorial dream sequence featuring a glove. Two more series illustrate sets of abstract principles—the Christian notion of the seven deadly sins and a German legal code from the 1400s.
The six series are from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Stylistically they range from the emotion- and action-packed Romanticism of Eugène Delacroix to the highly detailed realism of James Tissot to the gestural near-abstraction of Oskar Kokoschka.
Over the history of printmaking, artists developed a variety of techniques, each of which has its own visible characteristics and expressive qualities. For example, lithography is closest to freehand drawing; etching lends itself to delicate, detailed work; and woodcuts often look rough and crude. Even a glance at the six series exhibited here reveals these distinct differences.
All works in “The Plot Thickens: Storytelling In European Print Series” are drawn from the High Museum’s holdings of European works on paper. This exhibit will be on display at the High Museum of Art through May 3, 2020. General admission is free for members and $14.50 for non-members at high.org. For additional information, please call 404-733-4400.
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Saturday, February 22, 2020—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30309