Gallery Talk: DELICACIES

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May 17, 2012 / 6:30 PM

Print Gallery
FREE admission

Join Curator of Prints and Drawings Amy N. Worthen for a discussion of this exhibition.

Organized to celebrate the Art Center’s recent acquisition of a very rare experimental
color etching, Chinese Arabesque with a Double Parasol by Anne Allen, an 18th-century
British printmaker active in France, Delicacies presents a group of works from the
permanent collection in which artists express a sense of fragility, grace, lightness, and
weightlessness. Prints and small sculptures depict an evanescent world of soft, impossibly
balanced, flying, melting, and floating forms. These images are delineated in line or are
evoked in transparent and luminous colors. The exhibition investigates some of the ways
that artists from the 18th century to the present create a sense of delicacy through their
imaginative visions and use of materials and techniques. Despite their apparently delicate
and genteel natures, several of these delightful images are quietly subversive works.

Delicacies is organized by Amy N. Worthen, curator of prints and drawings.

Anne Allen (French, 1748–after 1808)
Chinese Arabesque with a Double Parasol, from the series "Nouvelle suite de cahiers arabesque chinois
à l'usage des dessinateurs et des peintres (New Suite of Notebooks of Chinese Designs for the use of
Designers and Painters)," c.1795 Color etching from two plates inked à la poupée in gray, blue, blue-green,
olive-green, red, orange, and brown, on pale blue-green plate toned laid paper 7 11/16 x 5 9/16 inches

Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the Des Moines Art Center Print Club, 2011.9


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