Exhibition Opens: Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection

Posted: March 17, 2018

Claire Romano Street GangClare Romano, Street Gang, 1957, color woodcut. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Gift of Zoe and Harold Schuitmaker in honor of Darlene Pontello Warren's retirement

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open a new exhibition on Saturday, March 17. Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection comprises nearly 40 works owned by the museum.

Masterworks on view will include prints by Richard Anuszkiewicz, Thomas Hart Benton, Howard Hodgkin, Jacob Lawrence, and Grant Wood. Particular attention has been given to the development of color within the history of printmaking, such as in Toulouse-Lautrec s Seated Clown.

Printmaking has been an arena in which female artists thrive, and roughly a third of the works presented are by women, including Mary Cassatt, Ada Gilmore, and Louise Nevelson.

The exhibition was assembled by guest curator Nancy Sojka, retired curator of prints and drawings at the Detroit Institute of Arts, who notes that prints possess the ability to inform, entice, provoke, and inspire broad audiences. Since their beginnings as black images in books, prints have helped people to learn about themselves and the world.

This capacity to communicate about many subjects in many ways may explain why prints remain among the most popular and prolific of art forms. With prints' reputation for being affordable and easily accessible, artists have appreciated how quickly and economically prints can be used to disseminate their ideas. For artists, collectors, and viewers, a love of methodology can also be part of the attraction: cutting, engraving, etching, and stenciling designs on a printing surface.

There is true magic involved in the moment when the sheet of paper is lifted from the printing press and the design is seen for the first time, says Sojka. This exhibition presents diverse examples of just such engaging material drawn entirely from the KIA collection.

Passion on Paper continues through July 15.

About the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts believes the visual arts are for everyone, and that they inspire, transform, and fulfill. Since 1924, the KIA, a private non-profit organization, has presented opportunities to the community and visitors from around the world to enjoy and create art. The KIA holds more than 4,700 fine artworks in its permanent collection; presents touring and collection exhibitions in 10 galleries; offers four terms of art classes at the Kirk Newman Art School; and houses the KIA Gallery Shop, featuring artwork by area artists and international artisans.