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Release: Jan. 8, 2003

UI Museum Of Art Shows Never-Before-Exhibited Works Jan. 8-Feb. 23

“Top 40! The Stoner Collection of 20th Century Sculptors’ Drawings,” an exhibition of 40 works from the private collection of former Iowans Tom and Kitty Stoner, can be seen at the University of Iowa Museum of Art Jan. 8 through Feb. 23.

This exhibition represents the first time the Stoner Collection has been shown at a public venue.

Tom and Kitty Stoner are native Iowans who owned the Stoner Broadcasting System, which operated 27 radio stations nationally. Inspired by the concept of a radio station play list, the exhibition features 40 drawings by 40 distinguished European and American sculptors of the past 100 years.

Public tours of the exhibition will be given at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23. The tours will provide a look at the working processes of sculptors and will survey the historical styles of major 20th-century art movements.

Among the works featured in the exhibition are drawings by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Archipenko, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, Eva Hesse and Jeff Koons.

Marking the beginning of the creative process, some of the drawings, including Jean Dubuffet’s “Character with a Hat,” preceded realized sculptures. Other works in the show, including an untitled drawing by Sol LeWitt, are plans of a technical nature, and some are studies of the relationship between form and space.

The drawings reflect the significant events and philosophies of the 20th century and provide insight to the history of sculpture.

“This is a stunning show,” said Kathleen Edwards, UI Museum of Art curator of prints, drawings, photographs and new media. “The potent relationship between drawing and sculpture is remarkably evident in this extraordinary collection. The show is like a repository of the major ideas of 20th-century sculpture.”

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.