Beth Van Hoesen: The Observant Eye

May 20 - September 9, 2012

This traveling exhibition chronicles decades of her realistic images of animals, floral studies, figure drawings, and human portraits. Unique to RAM, this show combines pieces on loan with recent gifts to the museum that support the development of an archive of Van Hoesen prints, color proofs, preparatory studies, and copper plates.

The exhibition contains 147 works by the artist of which 74 are works the E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust has recently presented to the Racine Art Museum. With the help of the Trust, as well as Anne Kohs and Associates, the museum acquired 58 color proofs, preparatory studies, and copper plates among the pieces. Not only does this gift strengthen RAM’s holdings of works on paper, it affords the opportunity for a unique, in-depth look at an artist’s process. The show offers numerous examples of Van Hoesen’s work where the life of a print from start-to-finish may be traced through multiple stages and various media. RAM is the only venue on the exhibition’s tour that will showcase these study materials.

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Exhibition Notes

Catalogue Raisonné of Limited-Edition 
Prints, Books, and Portfolios
This hardcover book by Bob Hicks, Lori Fogarty, and Bruce W. Pepich, authoritatively documents and fully illustrates her work in limited-edition prints, books, and portfolios.



 

Beth Van Hoesen
Black Bear, 1985
Color lithograph; Artist’s Proof, III/V
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the E. Mark Adams
and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Beth Van Hoesen
Bugs, 1985
Etching, aquatint, drypoint, and watercolor; Artist’s Proof, IV/V
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the E. Mark Adams
and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Beth Van Hoesen
Maharani, 1988
Etching, aquatint, drypoint, and watercolor; Artist’s Proof, V/V
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the E. Mark Adams
and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Beth Van Hoesen
Pike, 1988
Etching, aquatint, and watercolor, Artist’s Proof, 3/5
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the E. Mark Adams
and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
 

This exhibition is made possible at Racine Art Museum by: Presenting Sponsors – Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, RAM Society Members, Jay Price Ruffo, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors – Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors – Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board, Bronze Sponsors – Clifton Gunderson LLP, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, and Runzheimer Foundation.