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May 15, 2012

Rouault's Miserere: Printed Prayers and A Century of Collage Open at the McNay


Two exhitbions focusing on works on paper open tomorrow at the McNay Art Museum.  


Rouault's Miserere: Printed Prayers

May 16 | July 29, 2012


In 1916, the influential Parisian print dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard (1865-1939) commissioned Georges Rouault (1871-1958) to create a large portfolio of prints based on drawings the artist had done about the ravages of war, human folly, and salvation through Jesus Christ. Inspired by Psalm 51's opening line, "Have mercy on me, O Lord," the resulting portfolio, Miserere, is considered Rouault's masterpiece, as well as a landmark of 20th-century printmaking. 


The content of the images have led many scholars to characterize Miserere as the artist's prayer for the salvation of humanity in a tumultuous time scarred by two world wars. When the portfolio was finally published in 1948. Miserere was instantly recognized and celebrated as one of the greatest achievements in 20th-century graphic arts. For the first time in over 20 years, the entire suite is on view at the McNay.


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.

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.




These exhibitions were organized by the McNay.


Funding is generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment, and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.




The McNay

Built by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence opened as Texas's first museum of modern art in 1954. Today more than 100,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, & Pierre-Auguste Renoir.  In June 2008, the museum opened the 45,000-square-foot Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions designed by internationally renowned French architect Jean-Paul Viguier. Nearly doubling the McNay's exhibition space, the Stieren Center includes three separate outdoor sculpture galleries.



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