January 13, 2013

In The Arts: Along for the ride with Eddie, and other good stuff

By PHILIP ISAACSON

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“Louvre Entrance,” from “Visual Whispers” by Dan Dow.

Photos courtesy of the artist

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“Eiffel Tower #21 from “Visual Whispers” by Dan Dow.

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ON VIEW

"TRAVELS WITH EDDIE AND OTHER SURPRISES" --

PHOTOGRAPHS BY DIANE HUDSON

"VISUAL WHISPERS" -- PHOTOGRAPHS BY DAN DOW

WHERE: Addison Woolley Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland. 450-8499

HOURS: Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday

CLOSES: Jan. 26


"PRINTMAKING ABC:

IN MEMORIAM DAVID P. BECKER"

WHERE: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick. 725-3124

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday (until 8:30 p.m. Thursday); 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

CLOSES: March 24

In 75 or so images, it summarizes the generosity of an ardent supporter of the museum; the elegance, breadth and learning of his eye; and a great deal about the arts that have embraced printmaking over the last five centuries.

Becker was a 1970 graduate of Bowdoin and a passionate and scholarly collector of prints and printed matter. His interests were broad within selected fields, and his pursuit of excellence was quiet but relentless. This beautiful show is selected from among the gifts and bequests he made to the college, and is an indication of the gratitude with which it has been received.

Like so many exhibitions of its stature, the Bowdoin show is a selection and, thus, a collectively made modification of the Becker gifts. It reflects the eye of the person or persons making the selection.

Further, the exhibition is tightly organized into groups that can be identified with letters of the alphabet. This, then, is a further selection. We cannot judge the objectivity of the first round of selections, but can confidently assume that it was done with the best foot forward.

As to the selections for the alphabetic groups, I found them useful, and the switching among them from subject matter to method fascinating.

For example, under "F," the selectors chose to express fantasy, and used a great woodcut by Durer and an etching by Goya. Under "E," they chose to express the processes of etching and engraving and, among others, offer etchings by Whistler and Rembrandt.

To present the event in terms that we all can respond to, "Printmaking ABC" is a broad exhibition having an emotional depth and graphic richness at levels that we are never otherwise offered. Absorbing this exhibition could be transformative; it presents a selection from among the great efforts of the human eye and hand.

Philip Isaacson of Lewiston has been writing about the arts for the Maine Sunday Telegram for 47 years. He can be contacted at:

pmisaacson@isaacsonraymond.com

 

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Eddie Fitzpatrick, center, in “Porch Talk” by Diane Hudson, from “Travels with Eddie and Other Surprises.”

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From “Printmaking ABC” at Bowdoin, “A Mameluke of the Imperial Guard Defending a Wounded Trumpeter from a Cossack,” by Theodore Gericault, French, 1818 lithograph

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“Two Moths and Six Insects, from Muscarum, Scarabeorum,” by Wenceslaus Hollar, Bohemian, 1646 etching.

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“Ed in Red Following Cataract Surgery” by Diane Hudson.

  


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