Monday, March 5, 2012

“The Art of Collage:  Celebrating the Masters”
Presented by the Midwest Collage Society

Addison Center for the Arts
213 N. Lombard Rd.
Addison, Illinois   60101

ph: 630-317-4371 | fax: 630-503-6550

2012 marks the Centenary Celebration of Collage Art, and the Midwest Collage Society is planning a personal tribute.   Twenty artists will present “The Art of Collage:  Celebrating the Masters,” a show of original collage and mixed-media pieces directly inspired by collage pioneers. 

Far from obscure, 20th Century collage masters include household names like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Robert Rauschenberg.

Collage is the only new fine art medium of the 20th Century.  It dates back to 1912, when studio-mates Spaniard Pablo Picasso and Frenchman Georges Braque began gluing items such as patterned oil cloth and wallpaper to their canvasses. These Cubists, working in France, along with Spanish artist Juan Gris, continued to experiment with adding other materials such as textured papers, metal and wood to their work.

Later, the Futurists and Expressionists expanded those techniques, and the Dadaists, known for their “nonsense art,” found collage an excellent way to express their negative feelings for traditional art forms.  In 1919, German artist Kurt Schwitters began adding more three-dimensional found objects to his work.

The invention of polymer emulsion glues and advancements in acrylic paints and mediums now provide collage artists with tools to create vibrant and long-lasting works of art. Since the 1990’s, collage has exploded as a fine art medium, and is now found in galleries and art shows around the globe.

Today, you can experience a fresh 21st Century approach to collage with a nod to a wide variety of established collage artists.   Each new piece in the MCS show will display visual reference of their chosen artist’s inspirational work, inviting comparisons.

“The Art of Collage:  Celebrating the Masters” can be enjoyed at the Addison Center for the Arts, 213 N. Lombard Road in Addison.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturdays, Noon to 4PM.  The show runs March 7 through April 6.

An Artist Reception will be held Friday, March 9th from 7 to 9 PM.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

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