California in Relief: A History in Wood and Linocut Prints
California in Relief: A History in Wood and Linocut Prints, opening July 25, 2009 at the Hearst Art Gallery of Saint Mary’s College, explores the development of the relief print in California that carries with it the story of the Golden State. The exhibition is on view through September 20.
Nearly 100 works on paper spanning more than 100 years of California art history represent the culmination of years of research by guest curator and noted print artist Art Hazelwood. The wood- and linocut and wood engravings on view formed the basis of several distinctive art movements and cultural and political movements as well. Women formed a powerful and early voice in this media, as did the Labor movement and Latino artists.
The prints and books are divided into eight areas of focus: the Arts and Crafts movement; the Labor School; wood engraving; Asian influence; abstraction; the GI Bill and the establishment of the university print department; Latino art; and fine press print publishers.
According to Hazelwood, “in following the various streams of artistic movements it is clear that long standing traditions are still at work and that new ones are being born. With this view of one media that embodies so many traditions and at the same time contains such a diverse and rich heritage, the individual accomplishments of the artists stand out more clearly in relief.''
Among the more than 75 artists represented are Gustave Baumann, Lucienne Bloch, Linda Lee Boyd, Richard V. Correll, Antonio Fransconi, Louise Gilbert, Leon Gilmour, George Matsusaburo Hibi, Helen Hyde, Tom Killion, Bertha Lum, Emmanuel C. Montoya, Chiura Obata, , Elizabeth Norton, Emmy Lou Packard, Mildred Rackley, Roy Ragle, William S. Rice, Frank Rowe, Charles Surendorf, Wayne Thiebaud, William Wiley, and William Wolff.
Art Hazelwood has a particular interest in promoting the work of artists who have been overlooked, or whose work has disappeared from view. He is the curator of a number of print artists’ retrospectives as well the touring exhibition Hobos to Street People, Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present. His prints are in the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Library of Congress.
Opening weekend events include a panel discussion on Sunday, July 26, at 2pm, featuring Daniel Lienau of The Annex Galleries, Emmanuel C. Montoya, artist, Lee Stone, M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, Sylvia Solochek Walters, Professor Emerita, San Francisco State University, and moderator, Art Hazelwood, exhibition curator.
The discussion will be held in Claeys Lounge, across the road from the Hearst.
Admission is free; donations accepted.
The Hearst Art Gallery is accredited by the American Association of Museums.