National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
The Gothic Spirit of John Taylor Arms
May 8–November 27, 2011

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Works by
John Taylor Arms
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Biography of
John Taylor Arms

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Image: John Taylor Arms, The Gates of the City, 1922John Taylor Arms (1887–1953), an American printmaker, believed in the uplifting quality of Gothic art and the power of close observation, skillfully transcribed. Not all of his prints depict Gothic subjects, but all reflect the spirit of an artist whose intense devotion to craftsmanship echoed that associated with medieval artisans. This exhibition presents selected examples from the artist's entire career, from his early New York works to his finest images of European cathedrals.

Born in Washington, Arms began his career as an architect in New York but soon dedicated himself to printmaking. He adapted the meticulous drafting skills required in his architectural practice to the execution of finely wrought prints. Arms tended to create prints in series based on a particular place or subject, from the Italian countryside to French gargoyles. Selections from major series are featured in this exhibition along with independently conceived works. Some 60 prints, copperplates, and drawings are on view, drawn primarily from the Gallery's collection as well as from other lenders both private and public.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, Washington, May 8–November 27, 2011

Passes: Passes are not required for this exhibition.

The exhibition is on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.