Opening July 25 through September 20: California in Relief: A History in Wood and Linocut Prints
Guest curator Art Hazelwood has selected nearly 100 works spanning a century of Golden State art history. Especially in Northern California, printmaking has been in the forefront of several distinctive art movements that have influenced, and been influenced by, cultural and political events of our time. The prints and books are divided into eight areas of focus: the Arts and Crafts movement; the Labor School; Wood engraving; Asian influence; Abstraction; the GI Bill and the establishment of the university print department; Latino art; and Fine press print publishers. Characterized by technical virtuosity and innovation, these stunning woodcuts, wood engravings, linocuts and artists’ books represent the full range, power and beauty of the medium.
Among the artists represented are Robert Arneson, Lucienne Bloch, Linda Lee Boyd, Richard V. Corrrell, Antonio Fransconi, Juan Fuentes, Leon Gilmour, Willima S. Rice, Gustave Baumann, George M. Hibi, Helen Hyde, Tom Killion, Bertha Lum, Emmanuel C. Montoya, Chiura Obata, Emmy Lou Packard, Mildred Rackley, Roy Ragle, Frank Rowe, Elizabeth Norton, San Quentin Artists in Corrections, Charles Surendorf, Wayne Thiebaud, William Wiley, and William Wolff. A complete checklist, with color images, is available in the Gallery.
Note: The title of the show should not be confused with Richard Wagener’s recent book of engravings, California in Relief (Book Club of California, 2009), however this book is included in the show.
— Paul Razzell