Chazen Museum of Art


American Monotypes from the Baker/Pisano Collection

December 19 to February 22 | Leslie and Johanna Garfield Gallery

The rise of the monotype in America began in Florence in the late nineteenth century, where a group of American artists in the circle of Frank Duveneck regularly met and experimented with the medium. Though artists had produced works by this method nearly two centuries earlier, the Americans’ enthusiasm for the technique spread the monotype from Florence to America, and it was an American writing about it that gave it the name “monotype.” This exhibition traces the popularity of the monotype in America, defining the technique, elaborating on its refinements, and placing the artists into historical context.

Monotypes by important American artists including William Merritt Chase, Mary Cassatt and Maurice Prendergast, as well as Duveneck and the “Duveneck Boys” (who were among those experimenting with the technique in Florence) lay the groundwork for the resurgence of the medium. The breadth of monotype’s popularity in the United States goes through the 20th century and is shown in the exhibition with examples by such artists as Joseph Stella, Milton Avery, Red Grooms, and Mark Tobey.

Thursday, January 29
5:30 p.m. "Singular Impressions: American Monotypes from the Baker/Pisano Collection," a lecture by Joann Moser, senior curator and specialist on American monotypes at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
6:30–8 p.m. Reception for American Monotypes from the Baker/Pisano Collection. Refreshments, live music, cash bar

Click the image below to view and download the online exhibition catalogue.

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Generous support for this exhibition has been provided by the Chazen Museum of Art Council and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition and catalog have been underwritten by The Karen H. Bechtel Foundation.

IMAGE ABOVE: George Elmer Browne (American, 1871–1946), Mule Train, ca. 1914, monotype, Heckscher Museum of Art, gift of the Baker/Pisano Collection, 2001.9.38

EXHIBITIONS PAGE THUMBNAIL: Red Grooms (American, b. 1937), Corot, n.d., color monoprint, Chazen Museum of Art, gift of D. Frederick Baker from the Baker/Pisano Collection, 2014.6.7

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