Infinite Possibilities Serial Imagery in 20th-Century Drawings
This exhibition was drawn from Wynn Kramarsky’s prominent collection of twentieth-century drawings and featured approximately 150 works by well-known and emerging artists from the last four decades. Categories in the exhibition such as Drawing and Installation, Texture/Material, Process as Subject Matter, The Structure of Language, The Concept of Time, The Concept of Space in Relationship to Architecture, Site/Non-Site, and Music/Film emphasized the interdisciplinary approach of many of the artists included who are also exceptional sculptors, painters, installation and video artists.
Philosopher and critic Arthur Danto wrote of artworks that exist as sets or series, “the fact that each is part of the series must enter somehow as part of the experience of each.” This exhibition provided an unequalled opportunity to examine Danto’s premise on the complexity of making and viewing works of art that consist of multiple images. Focused on a single medium and period—drawings from 1960 to the present—the exhibition delved into the concepts of narrative, suite and sequence as explored in contemporary art. Artists represented in the show ranged from the emerging to the canonical: including serial images by Jill Baroff, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Stefana McClure, Tatsuo Miyajima, and Richard Serra, among others.
Organized by the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, this exhibition will travel nationally and internationally. A concise catalogue includes contributions by young scholars and was produced in conjunction with Wellesley College students.
Former Curator of Contemporary Art