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Two Hundred Years of America's Most Celebrated Artists Come to the LSU Museum of Art

09/29/2011 11:31 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Museum of Art is honoring America's rich artistic heritage with the exhibition, "Copley to Warhol: 200 Years of American Art Celebrating the Centennial of the New Orleans Museum of Art." The exhibit will be on display from Saturday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 4, at the LSU Museum of Art, located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.


This exceptional exhibition commemorates the artistic contributions of some of the nation's most well known artists, including Charles Willson Peale, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Lee Krasner and Andy Warhol, as well as Southern artists Richard Clague, Joseph Rusling Meeker and John McCrady.


"'Copley to Warhol' is an exhibition for well-informed art lovers, as well as those who are eager to learn more about some of the most prolific and influential American artists," said Thomas Livesay, executive director at the LSU Museum of Art. "We are delighted to have the chance to display these exceptional masterworks at the LSU Museum of Art."


Consisting of 30 of the finest paintings from the New Orleans Museum of Art, or NOMA, collection, "Copley to Warhol" briefly surveys the development of American art, beginning with colonial portraiture and traditional landscape painting, through some of the most influential art movements to emerge from the United States, including abstract expressionism and American modernism. Viewers will have the opportunity to see works by many of the nation's greatest artists and gain insight into how American painting evolved over two centuries.


"To see the artworks in person is breathtaking, as each of them is remarkable for so many reasons," said Natalie Mault, curator at the LSU Museum of Art. "The exhibition does an incredible job of illustrating the unique characteristics of American art."


"Copley to Warhol" presents the development of early American portrait painting beginning with colonial masters Peale and John Singleton Copley, and provides a fascinating comparison to more contemporary portraits by artists like Warhol and Larry Rivers. The exhibition then charts the rise of the landscape tradition with works by Asher Durand and George Inness, as well as Louisiana artists Clague and Ellsworth Woodward.


The exhibition also showcases 19th century artists who pursued their careers in Europe, such as Sargent and Cassatt; moves into the 20th century with early modernists including O'Keeffe and Marsden Hartley; and concludes with the triumph of American painting with abstract expressionism and pop art.


Among other masters included are Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Frederick Frieseke, Robert Henri and James Rosenquist.


"The paintings in the exhibition each represent American art at its best," said Livesay. "Naturally, I have my favorites, but suspect that once you see the show you will have your own."


This traveling exhibition is organized by NOMA in celebration of its 100th anniversary. "Copley to Warhol" travelled to four cities in Louisiana before the final tour destination in Baton Rouge. The travelling exhibition is sponsored in part by Chevron.

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