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The City Re-imagined: Architectural Prints from the 19th-20th Centuries
On view from January 23 to February 25, 2007
The exhibition features a group of 25 prints from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, all of which take the architecture of the city as their subject. Ranging from etchings by the great nineteenth-century Charles Meryon, to works by etching revival artists David Muirhead Bone, Samuel Chamberlain, and Frederick Garrison Hall, and rounded out by works by twentieth-century artists, Peter Milton and Richard Estes, the show reveals the degree to which the city, in both Europe and America, has been a central preoccupation for artists of the last two centuries. The range of approaches artists have taken include adopting the style and subject-matter ofpreceding artists, depicting medieval rather than modern architecture, and creating a sense of the familiar made unfamiliar. The reasons for these choices vary from an appreciation of earlier art and/or architectural styles to statements against Modernism and change. For many of the artists in this show a sense of the past is a recurrent theme. Inthose cases where artists chose not to depict historic buildings and instead focus on the modern city, a sense of melancholy and alienation is often pervasive.
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