Out of Line:
Drawings from the Allen from the Twentieth Century and Beyond

September 1 - December 23, 2009
Ripin Print Gallery

This exhibition of drawings dating from 1900 to 2007 showcases the outstanding and highly diverse permanent collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Included among over 125 stellar works are those by Close, De Chirico, De Kooning, Diebenkorn, Kandinsky, Klimt, Lichtenstein, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock, Prendergast, Rauschenberg and Wegman. The exhibition additionally highlights a wide variety of exciting new acquisitions, including an ethereal Sam Gilliam from Carl Gerber (OC 1958), a 1923 João Alves de Sá landscape (one of three drawings by this artist, the first Portuguese works to enter the AMAM’s collection) from Oberlin Emeritus Professor of Music Theory Gil Miranda and his wife Sharon, a striking František Kupka showgirl from Frederic (OC 1955) and Zora Pryor, a luminous 1949 Ad Reinhardt from the artist’s grandson James Reinhardt Rutherford, an intricate work by Oberlin Professor John Pearson from Marjorie and Anselm Talalay, and a wide selection of works from Kenneth and Barbara Watson, including important drawings by Arshile Gorky and Theodore Roszak.

The works in the exhibition exemplify the diversity of thought and practice from the 20th century to today. Many of them question previously-held conceptions of art, and some test the boundaries of the definition of drawing. A wide variety of techniques is on view, from the use of traditional drawing media such as graphite, ink, pastel and watercolor, to more experimental forms of drawing with acrylic and collage. The major movements and themes explored are equally diverse, with Oberlin itself – town, College, and museum – providing inspiration for several works that span the decades.

This exhibition is co-curated by Andria Derstine and Franny Brock (OC 2009).



Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-97)
Study for Kiss II, 1963
Graphite
Ellen H. Johnson Bequest, 1998.7.68


Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Woman in a Peplos, 1923
Gouache
R. T. Miller, Jr. Fund, 1944.24