paperwork: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection

February 8, 2020 - June 14, 2020

Cushing Building: Cushing & Morris Galleries

This exhibition showcases a selection of prints and drawings from the Museum’s treasured collection of works on paper. The Newport Art Museum owns over 1200 prints and drawings dating from the nineteenth-century to present and include exemplary works of American art and a small collection of Japanese prints.

Created as studies, sketches, or final works of art, the drawings in the Museum’s collection illustrate the artists’ working processes, as well as the expressive possibilities of materials like graphite, charcoal, ink, and pastel.. Crafted as multiples, the prints in the collection reveal the desire of artists, to reproduce and disseminate images and messages to a wider audience. From William Trost Richards’ graphite studies of trees to Roy Lichtenstein’s woodcut print of a still life and Pouran Jinchi’s naval signal flag drawings on Colourfix paper, “paperwork” gives visitors a rare glimpse of some of the Museum’s finest works of art. Other selected artists include: Albert Alcalay, Elijah Baxter, George Bellows, Karl Bodmer, Francis Adams Comstock, Howard Gardiner Cushing, Mark di Suvero, Stephen Fisher, Andō Hiroshige, Winslow Homer, Hasui Kawase, Corita Kent, Arghavan Khosravi, Amano Kunihiro, John LaFarge, Sol LeWitt, Philip Pearlstein, Benjamin Curtis Porter, Ad Reinhardt, Takahashi Shōtei, Meredith Stern, May Stevens, Hugh Townley, Andy Warhol, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

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