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Opening reception on November 12 features art historian Leo Steinberg

Works on Paper: American Art 1945–1975 opens at Reed College's Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery on November 8 and will remain on view through December 29. The exhibition features paintings, prints, and drawings on paper, primarily from the Washington Art Consortium Collection, by some of the most recognized artists of the 20th century. Artists include Josef Albers, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, and Robert Rauschenberg.

An opening reception will be held Tuesday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in the Cooley Gallery lobby. Following the reception, noted art historian Leo Steinberg will present a lecture on "The Mute Image and the Meddling Text" at 7:30 p.m. in Vollum lecture hall. Steinberg has lectured widely on 20th-century art and published numerous books, including most recently Leonardo’s Incessant Last Supper (2001).

The Cooley Gallery is open every day except Monday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is in Reed's library. Parking is available nearby, and the #19 bus stops on Woodstock at the campus entrance near the library. For more information, please call 503/777-7790.

The works produced by the artists highlighted in Works on Paper were seminal in the dialogue about modernism in the 20th century. Ranging over three decades, these pieces address central concepts of formalism, material, and process that continue to encourage debate today. The art ranges from minimal line drawings to images of popular culture interspersed with expressive marks from the artist’s hand. Viewers will be prompted to consider the place of creative autonomy between the poles of cultural iconography and reductive formalism.

The Washington Art Consortium represents a unique partnership of six museums: the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington; the Museum of Art, Washington State University–Pullman; the Western Gallery, Western Washington University– Bellingham; the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Tacoma Art Museum. These museums have agreed to work together to acquire jointly a major collection of works on paper by important American artists of the twentieth century. Other contributors to the exhibition include the Portland Art Museum’s Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan and Mina Schnitzer Foundation, and the Reed College art collection.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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