Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Works on Paper

R. Stanley Johnson’s book Pablo Picasso, works on paper : historical perspectives presents a quick glimpse at the many media and techniques Picasso used to create works on paper. Johnson’s essay focuses on lithography and linocuts and the illustrations include examples of these techniques as well as etchings, pencil or crayon drawings, drypoints, aquatints and several examples of more than one printing technique in the same work. The book also includes a bibliography and chronology. The illustrations are in black and white and color, and include reference to the title, date, size, media, and provenance. The illustrated works date from 1901 to 1970 which demonstrates Picasso’s longevity as an artist.

Works on paper can range from being simple sketches, or doodles, to complete works of art! Brand Library Art Galleries is currently showing an entire exhibition of works on paper. On view through November 16, 2007 is Brand 36 - Works on Paper : Secrets & Confessions. This exhibition was juried by artist Lita Albuquerque and includes 87 works on paper in a variety of media, including etchings, photography, drawings, prints, watercolors and mixed media works. This is an excellent example of the variety of media and techniques that can be used on paper.

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