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DRAFTSMANSHIP and STORYTELLING: Art from the Golden Age of American Illustration

James Montgomery Flagg, pencil sketch, ca. 1940

Suraci Gallery
Oct 24, 2014 - Dec 07, 2014

The “Golden Age” of American illustration (1890s–1950s) was a period of unsurpassed excellence in print illustration. Advances in technology allowed books, magazines, and newspapers to be printed quickly and inexpensively, and with the proliferation of printed material, publications and their accompanying illustrations had an unprecedented impact on American life, consumerism, and culture.

Organized by illustrator John Kascht, the exhibition presents a selection of vintage illustration and early animation art. Included in the exhibition are drawings and paintings by Franklin Booth, A. B. Frost, Dean Cornwell, Walt Disney Studios, James Montgomery Flagg, Al Hirschfeld, Henry C. Pitz, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, Dan Smith, Herbert Morton Stoops, and Al Williamson. Preliminary sketches and studies are spotlighted, revealing the high level of draftsmanship and technical skill employed by these artists.

DRAFTSMANSHIP and STORYTELLING: Art from the Golden Age of American Illustration is the second of two illustration exhibitions featured this fall in the Suraci Gallery.

Opening Reception: October 24, 6–8 PM

Gallery Talk: October 29, 3 PM given by John Kascht   

Installation detail.

Al Hirschfeld, Caricature of Arnold Hoffmann, Jr, pen and ink

A. B. Frost, All Steam and No Engine, ink and watercolor, 1913 

Walt Disney Studios, animation drawing for Pinocchio, pencil, 1939

Dean Cornwell, Militia, pencil and pastel study

Matt Clark (1903 – 1972), Saloon Fight (published in American Weekly, Jan ’45) ink, watercolor, gouache, 1944 

Installation detail, illustrations by William Pitz

Illustrator John Kascht leading the gallery talk

Gallery talk, led by illustrator John Kascht

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