Wisconsin Printmaking Royalty at Wustum Museum
artworks selected from the Racine Art Museum’s archives impressively demonstrate the
contributions, expertise and variety that Wisconsin
artists impart to this medium. Etchings and lithographs executed by Schomer
Lichtner highlight his loose and free markings, as observed in Cows and Blossoms, each dated 1938. Frank Utpatel’s woodcuts and wood
engravings focus on more evocative and sensuous lines, depicted in Rural Scene (1942), a farm landscape
where a reclining woman relaxes with her cat.
Warrington Colescott prints occupy a second-floor gallery and complement his
immense repertoire on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). His
extraordinary printmaking skills delight in two versions of the Life and Times of Professor Freud
(1989). A large color drypoint monoprint illuminates the print process when
mounted next to the finished colored etching. Hung on an opposite wall,
Colescott’s First Thanksgiving (1973)
presents a raucous and risqué vision of the November holiday deliciously bathed
in hazy autumn purples and golden hues.
exhibition boasts work from Robert Burkert, John Colt, JoAnna Poehlmann,
Frances Myers, John Wilde and many other familiar names in Wisconsin
and throughout the Midwest. This understated
presentation allows plenty of physical and visual space in which to fully
appreciate every image. Take particular notice of Ken A. Kerslake’s two
etchings on the second floor.
Prints Will Come” offers an inviting opportunity to explore works on paper,
either as a complement to the MAM exhibition or as a singular pleasure enjoyed
on its own. This understated, elegant exhibition at the Wustum, which continues
through Nov. 27, underscores the prolific and prodigious talent of Wisconsin printmakers.
My sincere apologies to the Portrait Society Gallery for the miscommunication that one of the participants in the “Real Photo Postcard Survey” exhibition had passed on. This proved to be misinformation. Nevertheless, the exhibition remains a striking testament to transient moments in time.