Lovely tables all set up inside Cedar Lake in Chelsea on the night of Thursday, May 22nd. The evening honored artist Richard Tuttle, Clifford S. Ackley, the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Curator of Prints and Drawings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and David and Evelyn Lasry of Two Palms Gallery. Despite the rain that evening, the rather noisy interior was filled with artists and those involved with printmaking as collectors, critics, gallerists and other supporters. My table included the executive director of the new printmaking studio Guttenberg Arts. They provide the space and time for practicing visual artists to develop their work and expand their reach through artistic collaboration, and the promotion of their work to curators and collectors throughout the Tri-State area. http://www.guttenbergarts.org/ What a marvelous endeavor! And I was fortunate to meet one of the talented artists they support, printmaker, Kirtsten Flaherty that evening.
There are two recent exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts that you should check out. The Albrecht Dürer exhibit highlights his intensely detailed prints including engravings, woodcuts, etchings and drypoints. These are all choosen from the MFA’s own collection. He was a vituoso draftsman and if you are not familiar with his work, the 45 prints that have been selected are a wonderful introduction to this German Renaissance artist.
The second exhibit is in the room adjacent to the Dürer show – Harry Callahan is a talented American photographer, who worked in the the mid-20th century. The photographs are in both color and black and white and Callahan’s wife Eleanor is the subject of many of the works. I particularly enjoyed the images of trees and shadows.
Be sure to note Callahan’s color portrait of a woman entitled “Chicago” and Dürer’s engravings of women – the likeness is quite striking not only in the facial similarities of the women but in their head gear as well.
These tough economic times have stalled many expensive loan exhibits and collaborations with distant museums, but the upside is the opportunity museums have to display treasures from their own collections.