Art News: Edvard Munch: Master Prints, Copy of Batman No. 1 on Sale & Yumi Morimoto Funeral-Art Decorations Exhibit

3 Aug
2010

EDVARD MUNCH: MASTER PRINTS EXIBITION AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

In this exhibition, the National Gallery of Art brings together nearly 60 of Munch’s most important prints to show how his persistent experimentation and virtuosic handling of woodcut, lithography, and intaglio endowed different impressions of his primary motifs with new meanings.

Exploring these transformations in several series of Munch’s prints, selected not only from its own superb holdings but also from two exceptional private collections, the curators of this exhibition offer a richer and more nuanced appreciation for this great Norwegian master.

Raised in Oslo (then called Christiania), Munch studied at the Royal School of Design, where he fell in with a group of bohemian painters and writers. In 1889 a state scholarship enabled him to study art in Paris. There he encountered avant-garde art and declared his belief in the necessity for art to depict “living people who breathe and feel, suffer and love.”

This exhibition illustrates ways in which Munch reworked and transformed numerous images over the course of his career. At times he explored a single subject through the techniques of drypoint, etching, lithography, or woodcut. He also excerpted details from one print and inserted them into another.

The artist gave new life to earlier works by recycling his printing stones, woodblocks, and plates, altering their compositions, and varying the printing inks and papers. Some of his most dramatic prints were achieved by hand coloring individual impressions after the works were pulled. Such extensive exploration with the printmaker’s toolbox inspired Munch’s continual reinvention of favorite themes.

The exhibition runs through October 31, 2010.

BATMAN NO. 1 ON SALE

A longtime Alaska comic book buff is selling one of the gems in his vast collection, a rare copy of Batman No. 1 published 70 years ago.

Mike Wheat of Fairbanks has put the 1940 comic book on the auction block through Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries, where it’s expected to fetch more than $40,000. Online bids already have climbed to $35,000 for the book, believed to be one of fewer than 300 still in existence.

Online bids will compete with a live auction set for Thursday.

The second and fourth Batman issues also will be part of Thursday’s auction. They are expected to bring more than $5,000 combined. read whole article: artdaily

YUMI MORIMOTO ‘FUNERAL-ART DECORATIONS’ EXHIBIT AT OUCHI GALLERY

This is Yumi Morimoto’s first official exhibition in New York City . “The Funeral-Art Decorations” which she established uses funeral-decoration as an art method. In her country (Japan), there are no memorable funeral-decorations. Typical Japanese funerals decorate with only white mums flowers. There is no difference between men and women decorations for their funerals. In her opinion each person has a different life so their funeral-decorations should be different as well.

She questions why the Japanese funeral-decorations are always the same. Today, Most Japanese people are americanized, so why are their funerals still decorated in the old and traditional japanese style? Yumi found the answer in using Western funeral-decorations as an art method. Using this art method to finally express individuality. The most important thing in funeral decorations is to express a persons life.

The exhibitions runs from August 4 through August 8, 2010 at the Ouchi Gallery.

We have added a bunch of Edvard Munch books in our Gilbert Goodies Store under Artists/Edvard Munch.

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