A Century of Collage
May 16 | September 2, 2012
In the 19th century, before the emergence of the term collage, gluing together bits of paper tickets, photographs, printed texts, and other ephemera—was largely a craft, a technique used for scrapbooks and other domestic memorabilia. In the early 20th century, however, artists like Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso glued together papers, turning the humble medium into fine art. The collage was born. Among the earliest of fine art collages is the McNay’s Guitar and Wine Glass made by Picasso in 1912. This combination of found wallpaper, scraps of sheet music, and studio fragments, foreshadows artistic and philosophical issues in modern art: abstraction, the paradox of high and low culture, and the challenge of traditional figure/ground relationships. Exploration of these issues advanced greatly with the introduction of collage into the art repertoire.
A Century of Collage celebrates 100 years of the fine art of pasting paper on paper by examining different ways artists have used it, from the pioneering work of Picasso, to the cool, geometric abstraction of Burgoyne Diller, and the highly conceptual Violent Space Series by John Baldessari. Other artists included are John Fraser, Eileen Gray, Fannie Hillsmith, Lee Krasner, and Robert Motherwell.
This exhibition was organized by the McNay.
Funding is generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment, and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.
Image:© 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York