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Fine Lines and Bold Strokes: Drawings & Prints
NEW YORK, New York (June 20, 2022)–On view for two weeks only, from July 5 through July 15, 2022, the Salmagundi Club presents Drawings & Prints, in the Rockwell Gallery. Previously known as the annual monotype exhibition, this year the show has expanded to include an incredible selection of drawings as well as prints, showcasing the work of 28 artist members.
Within the medium of drawings and prints, artists take great care in how they use and manipulate lines to communicate textures, movement, and expressions, often in lieu of working with colorful pigments as one would with paint. This attention to detail allows the viewer to zoom in on the intricacies in a composition, arriving at a quiet mental state to observe the artwork before them.
In the category of prints and monotypes represented in this exhibition, the artists have chosen to use impressionistic strokes to depict motion or the possibility of motion, as seen in Robin Jane Solvang’s Migration and Julie Hopkins’s Just A Hare. In scenes such as Carolyn Antonucci-Almeida’s In Memorium and Karen Loew’s Insecurity, the choice of bold markings and use of negative space enhance the sense of foreboding and metaphorical meaning. Annie Shaver-Crandell’s Peaceful Coexistence: Four Holsteins is a monotype with watercolor applied as well—one few pieces that include color in this way. We also find interesting colors presented through the use of walnut ink in the drawings by Carol Kardon’s, in the pastels of Lisa Cunningham, and in the burnt red of Nicole Alger’s Beltane, made with sanguine and charcoal.
Upon a closer inspection of the drawings in this exhibition, we can see that the distinct mediums offer a great variety of expression and personality, even in a single line. Charcoal and graphite, two of the most used materials for draftsmanship, have distinctive characteristics and are chosen by an artist for their unique qualities and functions. Charcoal gives a rich, matte black finish, which is often used for creating more expressive and dramatic marks. Examples of this can be seen in JulieAnne Jonker’s In My Life, Lisa Lebofsky’s Kudzu in Snow, and Carol Peebles’s She/Her.
Graphite is usually grey in color and always slightly reflective and metallic. Known for its ability to create crisp lines, it is often implemented to create detailed and exact work. In Majestic by Denise Antaya, the viewer can see that this medium is used to realistically illustrate the rough and irregular texture of the bark of a tree, the knots bumping out along the trunk, and the winding roots reaching toward the edge of the page.
Henry Buerckholttz provides a wonderful look at the way these tools can be used to achieve very different effects. In his work entitled The Cabris Room, he chose graphite to create precise lines tracing the intricate details of ornate elements around a hearth, the decorative molding around the mantle, and even the fine grains of wooden floorboards. In contrast, he selected charcoal as his tool for The Pool in Central Park, using darker, bold lines with rough textures to depict a grove of trees along the edge of a pond. His broader strokes generate a sense of movement in the leaves and in the way reflections dance on the surface of the water.
The exhibition in the Rockwell Gallery is free and open to the public. Viewing hours are 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 1:00 to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. The Opening Reception will take place on July 9, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 pm. The reception is open to the public; space is limited and tickets are required to attend.
Salmagundi is a non-profit 501(c)(3) professional and social club, created in 1871 by artists and patrons to support one another. It is one of America’s oldest arts organizations with more than 1,100 current members throughout the United States and abroad. The club, located at 47 Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village, is open to the public Monday – Friday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST, and Saturday/ Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST.
The Club has continuously championed representational art from its founding with iconic members, including Thomas Moran (1837-1926), William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), Emil Carlsen (1848-1932), N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Childe Hassam (1859-1935) and Winston Churchill (1874-1965).
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