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Month: September 2017

A “Stellar” Show of Prints by Frank Stella!

Rarely do citizens of a city the size of Montgomery have an opportunity to see a retrospective exhibition of a great living artist here at home. Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective from the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, is one of those rare occasions, with 84 works on paper (some of which are extremely large) that are on view at the MMFA through October 29.

 

For over 50 years, American artist Frank Stella (born 1936) has created a significant body of abstract paintings, reliefs, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Frank Stella Prints illustrates the artist’s remarkable career as a printmaker and shows how his highly experimental endeavors have redefined printmaking. Stella’s three decades of collaboration with master printmaker Ken Tyler, first at Gemini GEL and then at Tyler Graphics, set the standard for contemporary printmaking during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Together, the two men pioneered new techniques to produce unorthodox blends of relief, intaglio, lithography, and screen-printing, as well as hand-painted monoprints. Through it all, Stella’s style evolved from the minimalist geometric abstraction of his early years to the baroque exuberance of his later gestural work.

 

Jordan D. Schnitzer. Courtesy of Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

It’s all on view at the MMFA thanks to the generosity of Jordan Schnitzer, a philanthropist in Portland, Oregon, whose collection of 15,000 (yes, fifteen thousand) contemporary works on paper—a veritable lending library of art—is the source of this exhibition as well as the Andy Warhol exhibition at the High Museum in Atlanta that closes on Sunday, September 10. Both exhibitions have toured the country courtesy of the generous Jordan Schnitzer, bringing world-class modern art to cities large and small.

 

Frank Stella Prints premiered at the Madison (WI) Museum of Contemporary Art, where Dr. Richard H. Axsom, Curator Emeritus, organized the show and authored the hefty catalogue raisonné of Stella’s prints, which is available for purchase in the MMFA store. The exhibition then went to the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Stella’s alma mater. At the Addison, Stella, Tyler, Axsom, and Schnitzer participated in an insightful panel discussion that addresses the renowned artist’s collaboration with the master printmaker and his atelier, as well as the insights of the curator and collector. Thanks to the Addison, that wide-ranging conversation is as close as your phone, computer, or digital assistant – just click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFbFnSHuFHA&feature=youtu.be.

 

Thanks to Jordan Schnitzer and local exhibition sponsors Laura and Barrie Harmon, Melissa and Frank Wilson, Ann Hubbert, Dr. Maria Wohlman and John Crews, Frank Stella Prints is as close as the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. It’s a rare opportunity to see a retrospective exhibition of a great living artist right here at home. Don’t miss it.

 

 

Michael W. Panhorst, Ph.D.

Curator of Art

 

Start Your Fall Season off at the MMFA

Jazz music featuring local talent, arts and crafts, and a reception celebrating one of the most influential and important contemporary American Artists are just a few of the events visitors can expect this month.  As the seasons change we encourage you to take a moment to check out the artwork in our galleries and enjoy the activities created with you in mind. View the September calendar now.

First Sundays
Sunday, September 3, 1 P.M.

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is the perfect place to spend quality time with your family. Please take advantage of this free one-hour docent-led tour of the Museum’s temporary or permanent collection.

 

 

 

Young Artists  (ages 3 to 5 with adult caregiver)
Tuesday, September 12, 3:45 P.M.

In this introductory class, preschoolers will learn about the basic elements of art through looking at and creating a variety of artworks. The instructor will base the projects on work on display in our permanent and temporary galleries.

All About Prints Homeschool Workshop
Thursdays, September 14, 21, and 28, at 1 P.M.

Who says homeschool students cannot make lots of new friends? Homeschoolers of all ages will be able to come together and make life-long friendships in this three-part workshop where all are encouraged to apply.

Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams
Sunday, September 24, at 2 P.M.

Round up your family and head out to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts as we host an afternoon full of creativity and jazz.

Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective from the Collection of Jordan Schnizter and His Family Foundation
Thursday, September 21, at 5:30 P.M.

Come join us at the Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective from the Collection of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation exhibition opening reception. Stella has created a beautiful body of abstract art comprised of paintings, reliefs, sculptures, drawings, and prints. Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective from the Collection of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family details the artist’s amazing career as a printmaker. This is the artist’s first major print retrospective since 1982 and you do not want to miss out on the life-size creations.

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