The City and the Country | Yosef Wosk Master Print Collection
This exhibition presents a selection of works that explore the ways artists have depicted both the city and the country. Each of these subjects is ideally suited to the graphic potential of the print medium. The architectural structures of cities and towns express the dynamics of the built environment, places of energy and activity. Artists respond to the contrasts of light and shade and the complex relationships of space and form. Among those presented are works by the German/Israeli artist Hermann Struck whose etchings depict New York in 1912, Oskar Kokoschka the Austrian expressionist artist’s colour lithograph of Manhattan and a screen print, “Brooklyn Bridge” by American artist Robert Indiana. These and other images in the exhibition are records of specific times and places and represent the ever-changing landscape of the urban environment.
Throughout the history of art, artists have been drawn to nature and the landscape. The countryside has provided artists with a wide verity of subjects, from dense forests to the expansiveness of the shore and ocean. Included in this group are the French Barbizon school artists Theodore Rousseau and Charles Daubigny whose landscapes were precursors to Impressionism. Also represented are photogravures by Edward Curtis and a poster by environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Effected by the seasons and the forces of wind, rain and snow and the continual play of light, the natural environment is almost limitless in its verity and a subject that artists return to time and again.
February 26 - March 12, 2013
The gift by Dr. Yosef Wosk of over four hundred prints, photographs and book works spanning nearly five hundred years is a resource of immense value to the Emily Carr community and the public. The collection encompasses a wide range of printmaking techniques that reflect the history and changing function of prints and printmaking. The great verity of subjects and themes represented in the collection allow the works to be interpreted in diverse ways; by technique, by subject, theme and by historical period. The collection continues to be a relevant source for the study of printmaking, art history and the artistic process itself.