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Principally Paper

November 25 through January 21, 2018

Ever since the invention of paper in ancient China, and the migration of papermaking to Europe in the 10th century, artists made the earliest use of the material in tandem with publishers.  Whether intended to hold text and images, or as a support for paintings or illuminations, paper has a very long history in the art world.

This exhibition of works from the MMFA permanent collection will feature works that are substantially created from handmade paper using the traditional technique of pressing fibers from organic sources like wood, grass, or cotton and pressing them into flexible sheets.  Twentieth-century artists using paper as supports for paintings and prints, along with others using the material for construction purposes will be included.


Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

Edward Russell Whiteman, Stone #9, 1977, mixed media on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Robert Gordy, 1981.7