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Gallery exhibit ends this weekend

October 25, 2007


The Helen Levitt display at the Campus Center Art Gallery will conclude Oct. 28.

This special exhibit , on loan from Morningside College features mostly images by many of the mid-to-late 20th Century’s most important and influential artists. Highlighting the exhibit are works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Miro, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, , Jean Dubuffet, and Louise Nevelson. All of these artists are represented in most major museums and collections internationally as painters, sculptors, and multi-media artists from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.


The Jasper Johns Target print on display represents the artist’s use of iconographic symbols and moved American art away from abstract expressionism towards pop art and minimalism. His innovative paintings of maps, flags, and targets caught the interest of the modern world and led to an emphasis on concrete objects. Although the meaning of his artwork still introduces controversy, it continues to set high prices at auctions, with Johns being the only living artist who received more than a million dollars for a painting – an altered American flag. Another work by an artist of a similar genre and equal stature is Robert Rauschenberg’s untitled multi-media print with rich color and overlapping photo images.

Two works by the French artist Jean Dubuffet employ a strong figurative style with bright, primary colors, characteristically outlined in black. During the ’40s, Dubuffet began spending time with children and mentally ill people, developing a style called Art Brut, intended to achieve an immediacy and vitality not found in self conscious, academic art.


A work by a major pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein, illustrates his unique style. Lichtenstein’s depicted designs were something to which he devoted enormous time and energy.

Louise Nevelson, an American sculptor, has a large print in the display as well as a wood collage assemblage in characteristic black color, revealing subtle surface modulation and a minimalist design.

This free exhibit will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with evening hours from 7 to 9 p.m. Viewing hours on Saturday and Sunday are 2-5 p.m. Contact gallery director Jake Van Wyk for special tours or questions about the exhibition.

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