Voyager: An Artist’s Journey in Prints, Drawings, and Illustrated Books

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Youth Torn between Love and Desire © Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Voyager: An Artist’s Journey in Prints, Drawings, and Illustrated Books
Curated by: John Ittmann, Brooks Rich

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia 19130
May 19th, 2012 - July 29th, 2012
Opening: May 19th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

United States
(215) 763-8100
Tue,Thu,Sat-Sun 10-5; Wed-Fri 10-8:45


Famous in his own time as a painter, author, arctic adventurer, and political activist, Rockwell Kent (1882–1971) left his most enduring legacy as a printmaker and illustrator of books. His bold and enigmatic images of mysterious, statuesque figures in spiritual communion with the natural world proved equally effective in corporate advertising campaigns and book projects alike. This exhibition follows the artist’s journey from Alaska to Newfoundland, and from the pages of Vanity Fair magazine to the deck of Captain Ahab’s ship in Moby Dick. The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection of Rockwell Kent prints, drawings, and illustrated books is virtually unmatched in its depth and diversity. Primarily assembled by Carl Zigrosser, Kent’s longtime friend and the founding curator of the Museum’s department of prints and drawings, the holdings of Kent’s works on paper includes important examples from throughout the artist’s career.

Rockwell Kent—Voyager is the first exhibition at the Museum to focus entirely on the work of this iconic early-twentieth-century American master. Limited-edition prints and illustrated books provide a broad survey of Kent’s success as a graphic artist, while related pen-and-ink drawings, watercolors, sketchbooks, woodblocks, and lithographic stones allow a glimpse into his creative process.