A Decade of Collecting Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
January 29—July 17, 2016 | Galleries 234 and 235 | Free
During the last decade the Saint Louis Art Museum acquired more than 700 prints, drawings, and photographs, yet only a small number of these have been on view. A Decade of Collecting Prints, Drawings and Photographs presents 62 of these works that date from the 15th century to the present and comprise a variety of themes and genres, including landscape, abstraction, and socially-engaged portraits.
Highlights of this exhibition include exceptional works that enhance existing strengths of the collection, such as German prints and social documentary photography. Notable among the artists’ works are a superb impression of Martin Schongauer’s The Nativity (c. 1471), an engraving that elegantly illustrates this crucial moment from the Christian calendar, and Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (1936), one of the most iconic images of Depression-era America.
This exhibition celebrates not only these acquisitions but also the Study Room for Prints, Drawings and Photographs, which reopened 10 years ago after a thorough renovation, and welcomes nearly 2,000 visitors a year. The Museum’s collection of works on paper are available for viewing by the public by appointment.
A Decade of Collecting Prints, Drawings and Photographs is curated by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, and Eric Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings, and photographs with Ann-Maree Walker and Leah Chizek, research assistants.