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Works on Paper Gallery
Featuring the “best of the best” of the TMA Works on Paper collection, Looks Good on Paper contains approximately 100 prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, books and photographs selected for their major significance and universal appeal. Included are works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Roy Lichtenstein; a first-edition King James Bible and pages from the Gutenberg Bible; photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Diane Arbus; and more. Free admission.
Artists are visual storytellers, creating works that are rich sources of layered meaning. Art museums are repositories of great examples of visual communication from across time and place and provide excellent opportunities to explore visual language. Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art uses works from the Toledo Museum of Art collection to teach visitors methods and approaches for interpreting works of art. Free admission.
For more than 50 years, Werner Pfeiffer (German-American, born 1937) has experimented with the multiple uses of paper as both a canvas and a structural material. Much of his work as a sculptor, printmaker and painter suggests a fascination with machines and machine-like constructions. His drawings are schematic, his dimensional works project into space claiming their own territory and his complex artist books have moving parts. He is fascinated by puzzles and contradictions, metaphors and wordplay, and this curiosity serves in turn to inspire works that are thought-provoking in themselves. A prodigious artist, Pfeiffer’s works on paper have been shown and collected internationally. The nearly 200 limited-edition works of art in this exhibition include drawings, dimensional prints, 3D collage and sculptural and experimental books. Free admission.
Artist Werner Pfeiffer selected works on paper from the TMA collection by artists who have influenced his own work and aesthetic. Among the nearly 100 selections are books and prints by recognized masters such as Henri Matisse, Hans Arp, and Max Ernst, as well as works by contemporary artists including Lucas Samaras, H.A.P. Grieshaber, and Warja Honegger-Lavater. Drawing on decades as an educator, keen observer, and practicing artist, Pfeiffer reveals some of the inspiration behind his creativity in this companion show to the major exhibition Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer. Free admission.
The Mazza Museum holds the largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. Some 50 works from that collection on loan to the Toledo Museum of Art will explore the theme of people’s pets—of all types—as illustrated in children’s picture books from the 1930′s to the present, sure to delight visitors of all ages. Free admission.
Galleries 28 & 29
This exhibition depicts major events of the American Civil War as seen through the eyes of the artist. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the conflict, The Civil War features 40–50 objects drawn from local institutions and collections, including a monumental painting of the Battle of Cold Harbor by Gilbert Gaul which depicts Battery H, of which many of its soldiers came from Northwest Ohio. Free admission.
Since 1986, TMA’s art acquisition group has purchased dozens of works of art for the Museum’s collection. As The Apollo Society prepares to announce its latest offering, this installation celebrates all ten works on paper given throughout the group’s history. Objects—done in charcoal, ink, oil, photography, lithography, etching, and wood engraving—include Paul Colin’s Art Deco portfolio Le tumulte noir (The Black Craze) featuring a young Josephine Baker; a 1570 seminal treatise Four Books of Architecture by Andrea Palladio; and the monumental and meticulously drawn Clear, Wondrous, Ancient, Strange showing the four ancient cypresses growing at the foot of Dengwei Mountain. Free admission.