(June 9–August 13, 2011) 10 West Coast Artists is a portfolio of lithographs published in 1967 by an extremely diverse group of artists, many of whom were beginning to receive international attention for their art practice that included painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and filmmaking, all with a decidedly West-Coast flavor. The artists featured inthis portfolio, on view for the first time since its acquisition in 2003, are Keith Boyle, Bruce Conner, Richard Diebenkorn, Roy De Forest, Sidney Gordin, Frank Lobdell, James Melchert, Manuel Neri, Felix Ruvolo, and Peter Voulkos.
This exhibition is the first in a five-part summer series examining portfolios and serial graphic arts projects. Many of these works have never been shown, and all are from the Fine Arts Gallery's extensive graphic arts collection, which numbers over 3,000 prints and drawings. The series is also a means for illuminating surprising and unusual bodies of work by such prominent artists as Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, Hans Hartung, and Mimmo Paladino.
10 West Coast Artists is being presented in conjunction with Fit to Print: Contemporary Posters from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection currently on view in the Galleries in Cohen Memorial Hall, as well as with Vanderbilt University's Central Library's exhibition, The Sixties at 50, onview through August 13. For more information, see: www.vanderbilt.edu/gallery and www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/acorn-chronicle/2011/03/the-sixties-at-50/. 10 West Coast Artists is organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph S. Mella, director.
The Little Friends of Print Making Fantômas, 2005
Purchased with funds provided by the Louise Bullard Wallace Foundation
Courtesy The Little Friends of Printmaking
Fit to Print: Contemporary Poster Art from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Collection
(May 26–August 13, 2011)
Following in a tradition of collecting poster art established by Peabody College and its art department over fifty years ago, the Fine Arts Gallery has amassed a collection of more than three hundred contemporary posters by local, national, and international graphic artists and designers. The posters to be featured include a number of innovative letterpress posters produced by Nashville's Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America; several examples of poster art by Bryce McCloud and his Isle of Printing print shop, also located in Nashville; music posters advertising performances by such bands as Wilco and the avant-garde metal supergroup, Fantômas by The Little Friends of Printmaking; and a diverse group of posters by members of ADGFAD: the Graphic Designers, Art Directors and Illustrators Association of Spain.