This exhibition features some 100 works on paper that explore the expressive potential of the human body. In this richly varied presentation, viewers will find portraiture, social satire, narrative, fantasy, and erotica in media ranging from crayon, ink, and graphite to watercolor, pastel, and collage. The drawings span more than a century of artistic experimentation, beginning with an exquisite charcoal study of a bather by the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, executed around 1900, to a mordant parody of The Wizard of Oz made in 2015 by the Minnesota-based Anishinabe artist Jim Denomie. Because many of the drawings are part of a bequest to the Walker from an important private collector, the exhibition is not only a presentation of virtuoso artworks but also a testament to the pleasure of building a collection and the rewards of sharing it.
Among the 65 artists in the exhibition are: Chuck Close, Brent Cook-Dizney, Willem de Kooning, Otto Dix, Marlene Dumas, Arshile Gorky, Jasper Johns, William Kentridge, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, René Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Chris Ofili, Elizabeth Peyton, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Ben Shahn, Rosemarie Trockel, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol. Contains mature content.
Curators: Joan Rothfuss, guest curator, Visual Arts