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Image of 2007.2 - Woodruff, Hale

2007.2 - Woodruff, Hale

Hale Woodruff: Selections from the Atlanta Period, 8 linocuts presented by Robert Blackburn of the Print Makers Workshop Hale Woodruff's Atlanta period marked a time of both great achievement and terrible loss for African Americans in the South. During these years, under challenging conditions, Woodruff established the Fine Arts Department at Atlanta University and created the Atlanta Annuals competition. These milestones helped spark a renaissance in Atlanta's artistic community. In "By Parties Unknown," however, Woodruff addresses the tragic side of that era. He wanted to document and bring to light the experience of African Americans who were scarred by the increase in lynchings after W

Image of 2007.2 - Woodruff, Hale

2007.2 - Woodruff, Hale

Hale Woodruff: Selections from the Atlanta Period, 8 linocuts presented by Robert Blackburn of the Print Makers Workshop In the 1930s Hale Woodruff served as Diego Rivera's assistant in Mexico City. While there, he drew inspiration from the storytelling mode of Mexican murals. Woodruff later applied this method to works about his own cultural heritage. As master of American Regionalism, he crafted both his wall paintings and his smaller prints into tools for teaching. In his endeavor to educate oppressed people about their own history, as well as in his overall theme of heroism and the fight against injustice, he parallels the work of the Mexican muralists. In "Giddap," Woodruff both depic

Image of P533 - Witonski, Ted

P533 - Witonski, Ted

Etching by Ted Witonski (b. 1912) of a dentist working on a patient.

Image of 61.14 - Guglielmi, Osvaldo Louis

61.14 - Guglielmi, Osvaldo Louis

Painting titled "Down Side El Platform (Bleecker Street Station)", by Osvaldo Louis Guglielmi (1906-1956). This painting of a now defunct station on New York City's Ninth Avenue elevated transit system was done by the Italian-born artist in 1938 during his four-year term of employment with the W.P.A. /F. A. P. This federally-funded program provided artists with financial relief for works of art they produced. The hallmarks of W.P.A. art, exemplified by Guglielmi's painting, were honesty and social realism, and the artists agreed that art should concern the common man and be understandable to him. In this painting, Guglielmi worked in a precisely detailed manner. The Precisionist artis

Image of P020 - Webb, Albert J.

P020 - Webb, Albert J.

Etching of figures on a street with objects for sale by Albert J. Webb (b. 1891).

Image of P247 - Becker, Fred

P247 - Becker, Fred

Wood engraving by Fred Becker (1913-2004) of a group of musicians performing, 1937.

Image of P011 - Sanger, Isaac J.

P011 - Sanger, Isaac J.

An ariel view of Collegiate Church on a city street corner, wood engraving by Isaac J. Sanger (1889-1986).

Image of P012 - Anderson, Carlos

P012 - Anderson, Carlos

Lithograph by Carlos Anderson (1904-1978). The print depicts people choosing books and reading outdoors. The original Reading Room began in August of 1935 as a public response to the Depression Era job losses in New York. Many people did not have anywhere to go during the day, and no prospects for jobs. The New York Public Library opened the “Open Air Library” to give these out-of-work businessmen and intellectuals a place to go where they did not need money, a valid address, a library card, or any identification to enjoy the reading materials. The 1935 Reading Room consisted of several benches, a few book and magazine cases, and a table with a beach umbrella for the five librarians wh

Image of P013 - Olds, Elizabeth

P013 - Olds, Elizabeth

Lithograph by Elizabeth Olds (1896-1991) of people reading.

Image of P014 - Botts, Hugh

P014 - Botts, Hugh

Etching by Hugh Botts (1904-1964) of boat and city skyline from a vantage point near the water.

Image of P015 - Lowengrund, Margaret

P015 - Lowengrund, Margaret

Lithograph by Margaret Lowengrund (1902-1957) of the view from above an elevated train, ca. 1935.

Image of P016 - Schreiber, Georges

P016 - Schreiber, Georges

Lithograph by Georges Schreiber (1904-1977) of spectators in an upper balcony, 1936.

Image of P017 - Soyer, Isaac

P017 - Soyer, Isaac

Isaac Soyer's (1902-1981) print, done in 1936 for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, depicts two black women on their hands and knees, washing a checkered tile floor. The woman nearest to the viewer prepares her rag while the woman behind is completely bent over, already scrubbing. The setting is ambiguous; no details are forthcoming except for the pattern of the floor. The space could be a kitchen, rest room, subway corridor, or something altogether different. Perspective and foreshortening are inaccurate; the floor tilts uo too much and there is clearly a disparity of scale between the figures. Much of the space surrounding them is heavily shaded in. These areas o

Image of P018 - Schreiber, Georges

P018 - Schreiber, Georges

Lithograph by Georges Schreiber (1904-1977) of Washington Square from a high vantage point.

Image of P019 - Raboy, Mac

P019 - Raboy, Mac

Wood engraving of two boys with string crouched down and peering through a grate by Mac Raboy (1914-1967).

Image of P242 - Artman, Jean

P242 - Artman, Jean

Lithograph by Jean Artman (1887-1953) of men hanging around an employment agency.

Image of P244 - Bard, Phil

P244 - Bard, Phil

Lithograph by Phil Bard (1912-1966) of a surreal image of swimmers.

Image of P220 - Abelman, Ida

P220 - Abelman, Ida

Lithograph by Ida Abelman (b. 1910) of five of children playing at night.

Image of P224 - Ajay, Abraham

P224 - Ajay, Abraham

Lithograph of a man with a ring and a jeweler's loupe by Abraham Ajay (1919-1989).

Image of P229 - Ajay, Abraham

P229 - Ajay, Abraham

Lithograph by Abraham Ajay (1919 -1998) of a rural landscape with a church steeple.