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New Plattsburgh State Art Museum Exhibition Covers 125 Years of Western Art

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ The Plattsburgh State Art Museum has unveiled a new exhibition in its Burke Gallery that covers 125 years of western art.  The exhibition, "Traditions & Change:  Images on paper from Millet to Baskin," is made up of one hundred images created during the years 1850-1975 by 80 artists, from Jean Francois Millet to Leonard Baskin. The techniques on display include lithography, etching, engraving, wood engraving, line cut, wood cut, and photography.

The art works are from the Plattsburgh State Art Museum's permanent collection where they were acquired as gifts by Regina Slatkin, Martin Ackerman, Bette and Edward Brohel, Sally Kent Gorton, Mel and Barbarar Lichtig, and purchases by the Plattsburgh State University Student Association and Plattsburgh State Art Museum Docents.

The artistic years included in this show cover one of the most creative and challenging times in the history of western society and culture. Juxtapositions develop in the reviewing of this work which explain or at least visually define the underlying ideas and qualities of the period. Since this is the foundation time of modern art, it is critical for those interested in the art of today to experience it. The inclusion of photography is one of the great changes which take place initially as an image and narrative recorder and soon the contributor of a new process and aesthetic.

The artists included are European and American; practitioners of the salon and academically conservative traditions and avant-garde visionary artists involved in changing directions. Bernice Abbot James Ensor, Edgar Degas, John McGhie, William Auerbach-Levy, David Young Cameron, Joseph Pennell, Thomas Moran, Yves Nolet, and Zangagi Brothers are some of the artists included.

The exhibition offers an aesthetic and educational experience from many directions as well as an exploration of history and one's personal taste. A complete list of basic information on the artists and the works is part of the show. The Museum's Burke Gallery is located on the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh in the John Myers Fine Arts Building at 101 Broad Street in Plattsburgh and is open daily from noon to 4:00 p.m.For more information, call 518-564-2474 or visit the Museum's website at http://clubs.plattsburgh.edu/museum . The exhibition will be on display until September 16.


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