Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art
North Carolina Museum of Art
March 19, 2016 – June 19, 2016
Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art features some of the most important drawings from the superlative collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The selection of drawings, watercolors,
gouaches, and pastels dating from the Middle Ages to the present
includes stellar examples by such masters as Guercino, Annibale
Carracci, George Romney, François Boucher, Thomas Gainsborough, Edgar
Degas, Käthe Kollwitz, Egon Schiele, Emil Nolde, Amedeo Modigliani,
Henri Matisse, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha.
This eye-opening exhibition illuminates the historical and ongoing role
of drawing as a means of study, observation, and problem solving, as an
outpouring of the artist’s imagination, and as a method of realizing a
finished work of art.
• “ Spark of Creation” features “first draft” sketches and
inventions. This portion of the exhibition, showcasing the immediacy of
the artistic process, features works such as
Giuseppe Bazzani’s Pan and Syrinx, c. 1760,
and George Romney’s Study for ‘The Lapland Witch,’ completed c. 1775–77.
• “ From Life” is a section which features various observational studies
drawn from nature throughout history. Notable works include
Kollwitz’s c. 1903 Two Studies of a Woman’s Head
and Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s Amaryllis lutea. c. 1800-06.
• “Figural Abstraction” a section which documents artists’ studies of
human forms and expression. Works featured in this section include
Guercino’s Hercules, (1641–42)
and Ernst Kircher’s Seated Woman in the Studio, completed in 1909.
• “ Storytelling” presents drawings with a narrative theme, such as
Arthur Rackham’s Little Red Riding Hood, 1909,
and Ludovico Carracci’s Judith Beheading Holoferenes, c. 1581–85.
Other themes include “Sense of Place” with Emil Nolde’s Heavy Seas at Sunset, c. 1930–35,
and “Appropriation” with Roy Lichtenstein’s 1962 Bratatat!
Master Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art
This sumptuously illustrated book celebrates the superb yet
little-known collection of drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The probing catalogue entries, written by a number of scholars, tell
the story of each drawing and examine its place within the artist’s
oeuvre, supported by new research, provenance documentation, and
The book includes more than 225 illustrations, essays by Rachel
McGarry and Thomas Rassieur, and contributions by Rachel McGarry, Tom
Rassieur, Dennis Michael Jon, Marla J. Kinney, Roberta Bartoli,
Patrick Noon, Eike D. Schmidt and Erika Holmquist-Wall.