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Release: May 28, 1999

Exhibitions at UI Museum of Art will show works from permanent collection

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two new exhibitions at the University of Iowa Museum of Art will show works from the Museum's permanent collection. "Drawing as Document," an exhibition of 22 works on paper, will be on view in the Works on Paper Gallery June 5-Aug. 22; and "Pop on Paper," an exhibition of 32 works, will be on view in the Carver Gallery June12-Aug. 22.

"Drawing as Document" will include works by Iowa artist Grant Wood, two small Renoir pastels, a quickly drawn visual observation on the back of a menu by Jules Pascin, and preparatory studies for painting and sculpture by WPA artists John Pusey and Theodore Roszak, among others.

The drawings, many on view for the first time, represent a wide variety of approaches from the late 19th century to recent times. It includes drawings that are part of an artist's deliberate preparation for a major work, including probable studies for murals by Diego Rivera, Ruvino Tamayo and John Pusey. The initial impulse that leads to a fully developed artistic concept is seen in large drawings by Grant Wood and Lee Allen. Studies for formal works are seen in a quick sketch by Le Courbusier and an intricate composition by Theodore Roszak.

Spontaneous observations of real life are seen in sketches by Raphael Soyer, Renoir and James Ensor, artists who were keen observers of people, whether members of their families, a favorite model, or examples of cafe life. The related field of caricature -- human observation joined to satire -- is represented by works of Juan Gris and Jules Pascin.

Other drawings stand alone as independent works of art, as seen in works of Humbert Albrizio, and Ulfert Wilke, founding director of the UI Museum of Art.

"Pop on Paper" will survey the evolution of Pop Art with the work of Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Red Grooms, Jasper Johns and Jim Dine, among many others. A recent acquisition for the museum, Andy Warhol's "Electric Chair #78," will make its debut as part of the exhibition.

Pop Art began in Great Britain in the mid-century as a counter movement to Abstract Expressionism. Pop Art's practitioners sought to free their work from emotional expression by using consumer images and other depersonalized subjects. First introduced to American audiences at a 1962 Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition entitled "The New Realists," Pop Art soon took off in America and developed into a movement of its own.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr.