National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

Image: Stanley William Hayter: From Surrealism to Abstraction, May 31-August 23, 2009

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Stanley William Hayter
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Stanley William Hayter

NGA Arttalk: Stanley William Hayter: From Surrealism to Abstraction
Judith Brodie, curator and head of the department of modern prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington
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Image: Stanley William Hayter, Centauresse, 1944, engraving and softground etching with stencil inking, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1971.73.5 Stanley William Hayter (1901–1988) has been widely celebrated for his influence on creative printmaking in America and Europe. This exhibition of approximately 55 of Hayter's most important prints is drawn primarily from the Gallery's holdings and the collection of Ruth Cole Kainen (widow of artist Jacob Kainen). The range of Hayter's work in the exhibition includes his early black-and-white surrealist engravings, outstanding examples of his technical innovations, unique proofs and color variations, late linear abstractions inspired by motion and mathematics, and fully worked copperplates and plaster casts, which he deemed artistic creations in their own right. The exhibition will also include a select group of prints by some of the best-known artists to work at his print workshop, Atelier 17, including Max Ernst, Joan Miró, and Jackson Pollock.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.