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ANN CHERNOW MEETS PABLO PICASSO
IN NEW EXHIBIT AT HOUSATONIC MUSEUM OF ART
Please Note: The College is
CLOSED on February 12, 2009. The exhibit opens February 13, 2009.
The Opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2009
from 12 pm - 3 pm.
BRIDGEPORT – “Ann Chernow- Picasso Project,” an
exhibit of prints by Westport artist Ann Chernow that focuses on
the printing techniques of Pablo Picasso, will be on display at the
Housatonic Museum of Art Thursday, Feb. 12- Sunday, March 22, 2009.
The exhibit represents the creative collaboration of artist Ann Chernow
and Master Printer James Reed. Together they explored the techniques
used by Picasso, discovering new ways to replace toxic media used
in Picasso's printers' workshop during Picasso's
time and incorporating them into Chernow's original works of art.
“Chernow and Reed have extended Picasso’s original methods,” said
author Herbert Lust. “Going beyond Picasso’s images
as a point of departure, they now have a compatibility with the drama
of his printmaking. Not
having detailed information about the methods and materials used by
Picasso and his printers, and given today’s constraints due to
the banning of many formerly used toxic printmaking materials, Chernow
and Reed have created an astonishingly varied body of work which is
both a homage to Picasso and an original and provocative oeuvre.”
In printmaking, the artist works on a surface of stone, metal, linoleum,
wood, paper or other substance. The finished work of art reflects both
creation and the master printer’s skills in printing the work.
“It is important to understand that copying Picasso was not
the intent of this project,” Chernow says. “All images
are experiments that were attempts to render the appearance of certain
surfaces and attain the drama of certain Picasso prints.”
The project began in 2002, when Chernow and Reed were admiring an
original Picasso lithograph entitled “White Bust on Black.” “This
dramatic black and white lithograph had an extraordinary visual energy,” Chernow
says. “I wanted to produce a similar print using my own subject
matter. It looked deceptively easy to do.” Reed, however, told
her it was much more complicated than it looked. The pair then began
to experiment to determine how Picasso arrived at the print. Their
first attempts did not result in the ‘look’ of
the Picasso work. They then turned to the book Picasso Lithographs by
Fernand Mourlot, which noted some information about the technique used
for each image. Chernow and Reed decided to delve further, producing
prints using Chernow's images that emulate the ‘surface appearance
of a varied group of lithographs and linoleum cuts.
Some of Mourlot’s information was so basic that it did not help them in
how to proceed with a chosen image. Reed discovered through trial and error how
to achieve the emulation of Picasso’s surfaces. The end result of
their research and experiments is the series from which the images on display
at Housatonic have been drawn. Accompanying each of Chernow’s works will
be a copy of the Picasso work to which it relates, an explanation of why Chernow
chose that particular image, and comments about the printing methods Reed used
in making the print.
The exhibit will be on display from Thursday, February
12 through Sunday, March 22, 2009, at the Burt Chernow Galleries,
named for Chernow's late
husband who was founder of the Housatonic Museum of Art.
Chernow will discuss the project on Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m.
in the Galleries, located in HCC’s Lafayette Hall, The event
is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.HousatonicMuseum.org or
The Housatonic Museum of Art is located on the campus of
Housatonic Community College at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport,
less than 150 yards off I-95 and Rte 8 in downtown Bridgeport, one
block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.