November 13, 2019 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Friday, December 13, 2019 - Sunday, April 26, 2020

Beatrice Mandelman: Overflowing with Color

Galleries: George E. Foster, Jr. Gallery of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and Curator's Wall
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 Late in her long life, Beatrice Mandelman—best-known as a Taos Modernist—contemplated her years-long creative journey as a professional artist, writing

My whole world is about life and color surrounding me. Everything is overflowing with color.

This exhibition of serigraphs (silkscreen prints) and color lithographs is drawn from the Harwood Museum’s Mandelman-Ribak Collection. The selected works reveal the initial phase of Mandelman’s immersion in color and form, during the period (c. 1938-1943) when she worked in the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. The Project’s mission was two-fold: to provide meaningful, salaried employment to artists; and to bring accessible, affordable works of art to Americans everywhere. 

For Mandelman, working in the Silk Screen Unit offered opportunities to work in color lithography and to experiment with a new medium—fine art serigraphy—under the supervision of Anthony Velonis, the acknowledged innovator of the process. The exhibition will showcase the color-saturated prints she produced of everyday scenes—realistic streetscapes, landscapes, and seascapes among them—transformed almost into visions by layers and layers of colors carefully laid one over another. 

Exhibition visitors will gain insights into Mandelman’s printmaking methods in relation to her later collages and paintings, examples of which will also be on view.


—Virginia Dodier, Guest Curator