Baltimore Museum of Art shows paper perfection

January 30, 2013 by  

The Baltimore Museum of Art is currently showing two exhibitions which will close in February. Both highlight some of the best works of art on paper and feature the contributions of world-famous artists.

‘On Paper: Drawings from the Benesch Collection’ celebrates the opening of the Thomas E. Benesch Memorial gallery. It features 10 works of art out of the 140 pieces in the collection. These include prints, photographs and drawings dating back to the 1960s and 1970s. Work by artists such as Philip Guston, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, and Jaspar Johns are on display.

‘Matisse’s Dancers’, meanwhile, features 30 dance-themed works by French artist Henri Matisse including drawings, prints, and sculptures. One series of works features 11 lithographs of a dancer in different positions from 1931-32. Another series is from his earlier work of 1921-27. The exhibit also includes sculptures by Matisse’s contemporaries Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin.

Both of these exhibits, and several others taking place at the same time, will likely appeal to those who work for area graphics or printing companies who may get some inspiration from the artworks. Visitors from all over the area, including nearby Lutherville, will probably be willing to take the short trip to Baltimore to see one or both of these exhibits before they close.

On Paper: Drawings from the Benesch Collection runs until February 10, while Matisse’s Dancers runs until February 24. The Baltimore Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Sunday and admission is free.