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July 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914–1918), a global conflict that resulted in more than 17-million deaths and another 20-million wounded. Its widespread deployment of mechanized and chemical warfare represented an application of science and technology that brought an end to what many had seen as the promise of industrialization to promote a peaceful and prosperous future. The art world reacted strongly to this unprecedented carnage. Many artists were involved in the fighting, their experiences profoundly affecting their worldview and their art. Whether they fought in the war or not, artists in Europe and America sought new styles and new philosophies to express their views of a society now forever changed. The Great War includes paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Childe Hassam, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz and others.
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For centuries, humankind has enjoyed a wealth of leisure diversions. Drawing on works from local and Toledo Museum of Art collections, Fun & Games shows a variety of those activities—games, sports, racing, theater, dancing and gossip—depicted by artists over the years. The exhibition includes paintings, ceramics and works of art on paper by such artists as Honore Daumier, James A. M. Whistler, George Wesley Bellows, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Lucas Cranach, Winslow Homer, Albrecht Dürer, Marc Chagall and Rembrandt van Rijn.
After a year of social tumult and congressional debate, the U.S. Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. In honor of those who fought for the rights of all citizens to be treated fairly and equally, this exhibition features works of art examining slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement in the United States. It includes more than 35 works from the TMA collection by Elizabeth Catlett, David Levinthal, Gordon Parks, Aminah Robinson, W. Eugene Smith, Ernest C. Withers and others who have illuminated and challenged prejudice and bigotry through their prints, photographs and books.
Coinciding with the Biggest Week in American Birding, In Fine Feather highlights the intersection of natural science and art in the pursuit of describing and identifying birds, from a medieval treatise on falconry to John James Audubon’s Birds of America to the modern field guide. The exhibition features works by noted bird artists and illustrators including Audubon, Alexander Wilson, John Gould and Roger Tory Peterson.
Paper Roses looks at human interaction with nature, landscape, and garden design. Assembled entirely from the Museum’s own collection, the show presents more than 100 prints, drawings, books, and photographs by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Paper Roses complements the major international exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.
This exhibition explores various printmaking techniques used from the Renaissance to the present, and includes a video presentation illustrating printmakers at work. The title refers to how ink is transferred from the block plate to paper or other materials: the “highs” are relief prints such as woodcut, where ink transfers from the uncut raised surfaces; the “lows” are intaglio processes such as engraving, where ink transfers from the lower plate. Art students from the University of Toledo curated this show with works from the Toledo Museum of Art collection.
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Ebb & Flow explores the “new in old things” through the exchange of artistic ideas between Japan and the West from the opening of Japan to foreign trade in the mid-1800s to the present. Along with a selection of prints from the Toledo Museum of Art’s seminal 1936 exhibition of shin hanga (new prints), the exhibition features artworks by 20th-century Japanese and Western artists influenced by the shin hanga movement and its more Western-related counterpart, the sōsaku hanga (creative prints) movement.
Shin hanga revived the classic woodblock print collaborative workshop model of the Edo period (1615–1868), while sōsaku hanga artists designed, carved, and printed their own woodblocks. Prints by contemporary artists, both Japanese and Western, who themselves have been influenced by those important traditions, round out the show.
This catalog is presented in conjunction with the exhibition (October 11, 2013 – January 5, 2014).
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George Bellows and New York 1900–1930 is devoted to works by artists inspired by New York City in the early 20th century. Art history students from the University of Michigan used the Museum’s The Bridge, Blackwell’s Island (1909) by George Bellows as a point of departure to curate the show. The exhibition features that important painting along with works on paper by Bellows (1882–1925) and other American Realist artists who portrayed the changing social and architectural landscape of the city in that era.
This catalogue is presented in conjunction with the exhibition (February 14–April 21, 2013). All works of art are from the Museum’s collection.
Artist Joe Fig and TMA Mellon Fellow Kate Nesin will be jurors for the 94th annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition (February 4th–April 13, 2013), which celebrates the best of Northwest Ohio’s vibrant artistic community.
Édouard Manet (1832–1883) came of age during a time of prolific change in Paris and in French society in general. While earlier artists produced works of biblical and mythological subjects full of history and allegory, artists like Manet began to paint more freely and to draw inspiration from the life around them. Prints, photographs, and illustrated books produced during Manet’s lifetime are included.
This catalogue is presented in conjunction with the Toledo Museum of Art exhibition Prints and Authors in the Time of Manet (September 12, 2012–January 13, 2013). All works of art are from the Museum’s collection.
Small Worlds brings together intricate, charming, disquieting, and thoughtful artwork on the smallest of scales, although some of the resulting works aren’t small at all. Each of the engaging works in this free exhibition creates an intimate space or environment, and shows scenes which are familiar but perhaps slightly askew. Five contemporary artists present more than 40 “small worlds” rendered via relief paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photos.
This online catalogue is laid out like a map that enables exploration of the artists and the works in the exhibition through videos, text, images, and other contextual content.
Perhaps to conceal from prying eyes, to demonstrate engraving prowess, to conserve scarce paper and utilize every bit of expensive copper, or to prove a point (even if only to themselves), artists have created very small prints from the technique’s beginnings in the 1400s to the present. Some of the earliest were produced almost by chance.
This catalogue is presented in conjunction with the Toledo Museum of Art exhibition Storytelling in Miniature (October 7, 2011–March 4, 2012). All works of art are from the Museum’s collection.
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TMA Director Brian Kennedy and Associate Director Amy Gilman were jurors for the 93rd annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition (August 26–September 25, 2011), which features 67 works from artists from Northwest Ohio and surrounding areas.
In the late 1500s and early 1600s, a new style of art developed, characterized by dynamic compositions, direct emotion, high drama, and appeal to the common man. The Baroque is most often associated with painting, sculpture, and architecture, but the art of printmaking thrived during the period, with contributions from some of the greatest printmakers of all time, such as Jacques Callot and Rembrandt.
This, the first online catalogue produced by the Toledo Museum of Art, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century (February 25–July 31, 2011). All works of art are from the Museum’s collection.