Monday, February 6, 2012

Modernist Prints: 1900-1955 at The Backus in Fort Pierce -- posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Wassily Kandinsky Kleine Welten VII, 1922 Lithograph color 10 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches 

Modernist Prints: 1900-1955
From Syracuse University Art Collection 
at The A. E. Backus Museum 
Fort Pierce, Jan 13th thru Feb 18th
by Isadora Rangel

Visitors of the A.E. Backus Museum will have the chance to see the work of modernists such as Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky for $2.

The museum is presenting prints by these and others artists during Modernist Prints: 1900-1955, a traveling exhibition from the Syracuse University Art Collection coming to Fort Pierce from Jan. 13 through Feb. 18.

The show brings 30 prints from across the modernist movement's spectrum, from impressionism through abstraction and pure non-objectivist designs.

Works by Joan Miró and the Americans Arthur B. Davies and Milton Avery will share the room. The prints were created through etching, woodcutting, lithography, stenciling, screen-printing and engraving
The exhibition also will feature a 5-foot-by-5-foot 1967 transparent silk screen print by Andy Warhol of Marilyn Monroe, which is owned by a local collector.

Read the Article here 

Beenie Backus was asked once what he thought of Warhol and his soup cans.  His answer was simple; "If I had been a poor kid from New York, I would probably find soup cans beautiful too.  But why would I paint soup cans when I have all of Florida!"  Backus was however a lover of everything modern and stayed abreast of all the latest music and art trends. I think he would love to know his old studio is the venue that brought modernism to Fort Pierce.  GL

A. E. Backus Museum website
Syracuse University Art Galleries website

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