Be introduced to the artwork of Rockwell Kent

July 5, 2012 by  

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting the exhibit “Rockwell Kent – Voyager: an Artist’s Journey in Print, Drawings and Illustrated Books” in the Berman Gallery until July 29. Having started in May, the exhibit is well underway and the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for students and youth.

Rockwell Kent was an American artist and writer who lived from 1882 – 1971. He spent much of his time as a graphic artist and was frequently featured in Vanity Fair magazine. He travelled throughout North America and illustrated copies of various books including Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” and “The Canterbury Tales.” He also created a mural for the United States Post Office Department Headquarters in Washington D.C.

The work shown in this exhibit is from the museum’s collection and features prints, illustrated books, pen and ink drawings, watercolors, sketchbooks, woodblocks, and lithographic stones. The exhibit is curated by Carl Zigrosser, who was a friend of the artist and founded the museum’s Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.

Those who work for graphic arts and printing companies in the Philadelphia area will most likely be interested in viewing this exhibit. It will show them examples of how printmaking and illustration has been used and how it has changed over the years. It might give them ideas on techniques that they might be able to use in their future work.

Rockwell Kent is not as well-known or as appreciated as some other American artists but the amount and variety of the type of artwork featured should go a long way in changing that.