Vesna Pavlovic works on a light table in the archives viewing negatives (left) and shares a glimpse of her process (right). Photos: Sarah Osborne Bender (left), Vesna Pavlovic (right)
Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender
Upcoming 2014 Intersections artist Vesna Pavlovic, whose work will be on view in late May, spent last week in the museum’s library and archive, exploring not only the collection but also the space. Head librarian Karen Schneider guided her through the materials. Using installation photograph negatives from 1960s exhibitions by Alberto Giacometti and Mark Tobey, she observed the results of combining images. She also experimented with the transparency and light of our skylight from the courtyard above.
Albert Pinkham Ryder, Macbeth and the Witches, after mid-1890s. Oil on canvas, 28 1/4 x 35 3/4 in. Acquired 1940. The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
Who knew you could find so many dark images in our collection to get your spirit ready for Halloween? We’ve got ghost towns, floods, and graveyard times. There are dead trees, three dead birds, witches and spooks! Bonfires, dark rivers, and dark entrances. There is also an artist or two who could be considered a little creepy, an ominous man in the grass and a ghostly portrait.
What are your favorite works of art for sending a chill up your spine?
The museum has four works that use the chine-collé printmaking technique and three of them are currently on display.
Stuart Davis, Place des Vosges, 1928, Chine colle lithograph on paper 10 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.; 26.67 x 36.83 cm.. Acquired 1930. The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.
Chine-collé, succinctly described in the Tamarind Book of Lithography: Art and Techniques, is a printmaking process in which a very thin sheet of paper is printed on and simultaneously mounted to a thicker backing paper. The thin paper can receive a better impression, but is too fragile to stand alone. The combination of the thin paper and the heavier backing creates a fine impression and a stable supported ground. Additionally, sometimes a pleasing contrast can be created through tonal differences between the two materials.