Shades of Gray: Black and White Graphics from RAM's Collection

February 17 - May 12, 2013

In the winter months of 2013, RAM will feature a series of exhibitions that showcase work dominated by a black and white color scheme. Artists whose works are featured in these exhibitions limit the use of numerous colors yet create dynamic and thought provoking compositions.

Shades of Gray: Black and White Graphics from RAM’s Collection features prints and artist’s books dating from the early twentieth century to the present day, including selections from Wisconsin and New York-based artists working in the 1930s with the Works Projects Administration (WPA). While color adds tone, and sometimes content, a palette primarily relegated to black and white emphasizes line and proportion, drawing attention to how those qualities that contribute to the overall effect of a work.

Exhibition Notes
Press Room

SGC International Printmaking Conference
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
March 20-23, 2013
The Print: MKE Conference in Milwaukee will celebrate all the people, from local to international, who contribute as makers through the print.

Mark Adams, Carlos Anderson, Alexander Archipenko, Leonard Baskin, Fred Becker, Frank Boyden, Stefanie Carpenter, Louisa Chase, Paul Clemens, Ralston Crawford, Tara K. Daly, Stuart Davis, Adolph Dehn, Mabel Dwight, Dikko Faust, Lucian Freud, Juan Genoves, Raymond Gloecker, Helen Goran, April Gornik, Susan Gosin, Walter Hamady, Richard Hamilton, Rosella Hartman, Caren Heft, David Hockney, Carl Hoeckner, Mabel Jack, Jacob Kainen, Wayne Kimball, Ronald King, Armin Landeck, Joseph Leboit, Willow Legge, Martin Levine, Louis Lozowick, Thomas Mann, Michael Mazur, Robert McCamant, Ann McGarrell, Tomoharu Murakami, Elizabeth Olds, Richard Olson, JoAnna Poehlmann, Harry R. Rein, Ron Ruble, Georges Schreiber, Alfred A. Sessler, Moishe Smith, Isaac Soyer, Raphael Soyer, David Stairs, Noboru Takayama, Beth Van Hoesen, Kara Walker,
Stow Wengenroth, Art Werger, Wols, Alfredo Ximenez, and
Santos Zingale

Mabel Jack
Speed Boat, 1937
Lithograph, uneditioned
Racine Art Museum, Works Progress Administration,
New York Federal Art Project
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Armin Landeck
Rooftop, 1941
Etching, edition of 100
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Art Werger
Intermittent Showers, 1992
Mezzotint, 35/75
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Warrington Colescott and Frances Myers
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
David Hockney
Reclining Figure, 1975
Etching and aquatint, Printer’s proof
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
This exhibition is made possible by: Presenting Sponsors - Karen Johnson Boyd and William B. Boyd, The Estate of Emile H. Mathis II, in Memory of his Parents: Emil H. and Anna T. Mathis, RAM Society Members, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Windgate Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsors - Racine United Arts Fund; Silver Sponsors - Elwood Corporation, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Bronze Sponsors - The A.C. Buhler Family, CNH America LLC, E.C. Styberg Foundation, Inc., Educators Credit Union, In Sink Erator, The Marjorie L. Christiansen Foundation, The Norbell Foundation, Real Racine, Robert W. Baird & Co., Runzheimer Foundation, Ruud Family Foundation, and Wisconsin Public Radio.