The Allure of Paper: Drawings and Watercolors from the Collection

A watercolor of a freight ship deck made with precise lines and geometric shapes in whites, browns, grays, and blues.
July 9–October 9, 2011
Second floor

Organized in celebration of the Carter’s 50th Anniversary, this special exhibition showcased more than 100 drawings and watercolors from the museum’s holdings. These one-of-a-kind works of art range in date from the early 19th century to the late 20th century and chronicle the sweeping changes that occurred in American art over the course of nearly 200 years. From portraiture and history painting to early modernism and abstraction, these objects represent the finest from the museum’s works-on-paper holdings. Artists represented in the exhibition included Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Ben Shahn, and Joseph Stella. Highly sensitive to light, these objects are infrequently shown, and they have never before been exhibited together. An exhibition catalogue is available as well, making the works accessible long after they have returned to the vaults.

Installation Photos

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The exhibition is sponsored by Frost.